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Meaning of “hunger” in the English Dictionary

"hunger" in British English

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hungernoun

uk   /ˈhʌŋ.ɡər/  us   /-ɡɚ/
  • hunger noun (NEED FOR FOOD)

B1 [U] the ​feeling you have when you need to ​eat: I can't ​believe that that ​enormousmeal wasn't enough to satisfyyour hunger. By about nine o'clock she ​started to ​feel faint from/with hunger. I often ​suffer from hunger pangs (= ​strongfeelings of ​needing something to ​eat) in the ​middle of the ​afternoon.B2 [U] a ​situation in which the ​body does not have enough ​food: All over the ​world, ​people die of hunger every ​day.

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(Definition of hunger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hunger" in American English

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hungernoun [U]

 us   /ˈhʌŋ·ɡər/
  • hunger noun [U] (FOOD)

the ​uncomfortable or ​painfulfeeling in ​yourstomach caused by the need for or ​lack of ​food: Mother Teresa ​devoted her ​life to ​fighting hunger in the ​poorestparts of the ​world.
  • hunger noun [U] (DESIRE)

a ​strongwish or ​desire: a hunger for ​adventure/​power

hungerverb [I always + adv/prep]

 /ˈhʌŋ·ɡər/
to ​want something very much: She had always hungered for a starring ​role in a ​musical.
(Definition of hunger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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