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"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

hungerverb [I always + adv/prep]

 /ˈhʌŋ·ɡər/
to want something very much: She had always hungered for a starring role in a musical.
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"hunger" in British English

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hungernoun

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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