Meaning of “thirst” in the English Dictionary

"thirst" in British English

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uk /θɜːst/ us /θɝːst/

thirst noun (NEED FOR DRINK)

B2 [ S or U ] a need for something to drink:

Hundreds of refugees collapsed from hunger and thirst.
I woke up with a pounding headache and a raging (= extreme) thirst.
I've got a terrible thirst after all that running.

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

"thirst" in American English

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thirstnoun [ U ]

us /θɜrst/

the need or desire to drink something, esp. water:

He took a long drink of water to quench his thirst.

A thirst is also a strong desire for something:

She slaked her thirst for knowledge by reading everything she could.

(Definition of “thirst” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)