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starve

verb 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 long drought. From talking to former prisoners in the camps, an obvious conclusion is that they have been starved.Diets and dietingDeath and dying [T often passive] If you are starved of something necessary or good, you do not receive enough of it: People starved of sleep start to lose their concentration and may hallucinate.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
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