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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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