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English definition of “hunger”

hunger

noun [U]  /ˈhʌŋ·ɡər/ us  

hunger noun [U] (FOOD)

the uncomfortable or painful feeling in your stomach caused by the need for or lack of food: Mother Teresa devoted her life to fighting hunger in the poorest parts of the world.

hunger noun [U] (DESIRE)

a strong wish or desire: a hunger for adventure/power

hunger

verb [I always + adv/prep] /ˈhʌŋ·ɡər/
to want something very much: She had always hungered for a starring role in a musical.
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