Starve

Definition of Starve

Pronunciation: stärv
v. i.1.To die; to perish.
[imp. & p. p. Starved (stärvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Starving.]
In hot coals he hath himself raked . . .
Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules.
- Chaucer.
2.To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent.
Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed.
- Pope.
3.To perish or die with cold.
Have I seen the naked starve for cold?
- Sandys.
Starving with cold as well as hunger.
- W. Irving.
v. t.1.To destroy with cold.
From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice
Their soft ethereal warmth.
- Milton.
2.To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.
3.To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starve a garrison into a surrender.
Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their convoy of provisions from Africa.
- Arbuthnot.
4.To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plants by depriving them of proper light and air.
5.To deprive of force or vigor; to disable.
The powers of their minds are starved by disuse.
- Locke.

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