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"starve" in British English

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starveverb

uk   /stɑːv/  us   /stɑːrv/
C1 [I or T] to (​cause someone to) ​become very ​weak or ​die because there is not enough ​food to ​eat: Whole ​communities starved to ​death during the ​longdrought. From ​talking to ​formerprisoners in the ​camps, an ​obviousconclusion is that they have been starved. [T often passive] If you are starved of something ​necessary or good, you do not ​receive enough of it: People starved ofsleepstart to ​losetheirconcentration and may ​hallucinate.

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

"starve" in American English

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starveverb [I/T]

 us   /stɑrv/
to ​becomeweak or ​die because there is not enough ​food to ​eat: [I] Many ​people could starve because of the ​drought. If you say you are starving, you ​want to ​eat: [I] I’m starved because I ​missedlunch today.
starvation
noun [U]  us   /stɑrˈveɪ·ʃən/
The ​animalsdied of starvation.
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"starve" in Business English

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starveverb [T, often passive]

uk   us   /stɑːv/
if a ​company, etc. is starved of something necessary or good, it does not receive enough of it: starve sth of sth His ​predecessor in the ​job had starved the ​business of ​capitalinvestment.be starved of/for cash/funds/investment The ​company was starved of ​cash and ​failed to ​competeworldwide.
-starved
suffix
This is not an ​industry which is capital-starved.
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(Definition of starve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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