Starve (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Starved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Starving.] [OE. sterven to die, AS. steorfan; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.]


To die; to perish.

[Obs., except in the sense of perishing with cold or hunger.]


In hot coals he hath himself raked . . . Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules. Chaucer.


To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent.

Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed. Pope.


To perish or die with cold.


Have I seen the naked starve for cold? Sandys.

Starving with cold as well as hunger. W. Irving.

⇒ In this sense, still common in England, but rarely used of the United States.


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Starve, v. t.


To destroy with cold.


From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth. Milton.


To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.


To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starvea garrison into a surrender.

Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their convoy of provisions from Africa. Arbuthnot.


To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plans by depriving them of proper light and air.


To deprive of force or vigor; to disable.

The pens of historians, writing thereof, seemed starved for matter in an age so fruitful of memorable actions. Fuller.

The powers of their minds are starved by disuse. Locke.


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