Meaning of “hunger” in the English Dictionary

"hunger" in English

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uk /ˈhʌŋ.ɡər/ us /ˈhʌŋ.ɡɚ/

hunger noun (NEED FOR FOOD)

B1 [ U ] the feeling you have when you need to eat:

I can't believe that that enormous meal wasn't enough to satisfy your hunger.
By about nine o'clock she started to feel faint from/with hunger.
I often suffer from hunger pangs (= strong feelings 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 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

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)