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Meaning of “famine” in the English Dictionary

"famine" in British English

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faminenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈfæm.ɪn/
C2 a ​situation in which there is not enough ​food for a ​greatnumber of ​people, ​causingillness and ​death, or a ​particularperiod when this ​happens: Another ​cropfailure could ​result in widespread famine. There were ​reports of ​refugees dying of famine. Thousands of ​peopleemigrated during the ​Irishpotato famine of 1845–46.
(Definition of famine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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faminenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfæm·ən/
an ​extremelack of ​food in a ​region, causing ​suffering and ​death: [U] Widespread famine was ​reported in the ​region.
(Definition of famine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “famine”
in Korean 기근…
in Arabic مَجاعة…
in Malaysian kebuluran…
in French famine…
in Russian голод (стихийное бедствие)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 饑荒, 饑荒時期…
in Italian carestia…
in Turkish açlık, kıtlık…
in Polish głód, klęska głodu…
in Spanish hambre, hambruna…
in Vietnamese nạn đói kém…
in Portuguese fome…
in Thai ความอดอยาก…
in German die Hungersnot…
in Catalan fam…
in Japanese 飢饉(ききん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 饥荒, 饥荒时期…
in Indonesian bahaya kelaparan…
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