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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine;
- Example: "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"
- Example: "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"
[syn: starvation, starving]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. suffering from lack of food;
[syn: starved, starving]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Starve \Starve\ (st[aum]rv), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Starved (st[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Starving.] [OE. sterven to die, AS. steorfan; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.] 1. To die; to perish. [Obs., except in the sense of perishing with cold or hunger.] --Lydgate. [1913 Webster] In hot coals he hath himself raked . . . Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent. [1913 Webster] Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To perish or die with cold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Have I seen the naked starve for cold? --Sandys. [1913 Webster] Starving with cold as well as hunger. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense, still common in England, but rarely used in the United States. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

starving adj 1: suffering from lack of food [syn: starved, starving] n 1: the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care" [syn: starvation, starving]