verb (used without object), starved, starv·ing.
verb (used with object), starved, starv·ing.
Origin of starve
Examples from the Web for starve
Still, the man did starve himself in the name of a same-sex marriage ban and it, unsurprisingly, earned him a lot of backlash.
This can explain why people who starve themselves can only lose minimal amounts of weight.
For them, it was assimilate or starve, with the constant reality of low-wage labor being undercut by new arrivals.
No one will starve here (except those inexplicably ignored persons who already are starving).The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply|Kent Sepkowitz|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In a way, it was my decision not to starve myself that turned me into a supermodel, and later on, a businesswoman.Tyra Banks’s Open Letter to Models: ‘Vogue’ to Ban Images of Anorexia|Tyra Banks|May 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Work or starve is a stern choice, particularly if one has never done either.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
There for a while her relatives left her, she must starve or return to them.Curiosities of Olden Times|S. Baring-Gould
People who "starve to death" in shorter times do not die of starvation, but of fright.
Unless you chemists can solve the protium problem, Germany must cut her population swiftly, if we do not starve out altogether.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
Ma, I am not going to starve to death, I am going to eat of the bodies of the dead.History of the Donner Party|C.F. McGlashan
British Dictionary definitions for starve
Word Origin for starve
Word Origin and History for starve
Old English steorfan "to die" (past tense stearf, past participle storfen), from Proto-Germanic *sterban "be stiff" (cf. Old Frisian sterva, Dutch sterven, Old High German sterban "to die," Old Norse stjarfi "tetanus"), from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek sterphnios "stiff, rigid," sterphos "hide, skin," Old Church Slavonic strublu "strong, hard;" see stare).
The conjugation became weak in English by 16c. The sense narrowed to "die of cold" (14c.); meaning "to kill with hunger" is first recorded 1520s (earlier to starve of hunger, early 12c.). Intransitive sense of "to die of hunger" dates from 1570s. German cognate sterben retains the original sense of the word, but the English has come so far from its origins that starve to death (1910) is now common.