Definition of “starve” - English Dictionary

“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 long drought.
From talking to former prisoners in the camps, an obvious conclusion 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 of sleep start to lose their concentration 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 become weak 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 missed lunch today.
starvation
noun [ U ] us /stɑrˈveɪ·ʃən/

The animals died of starvation.

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

“starve” in Business English

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starveverb [ T, often passive ]

uk /stɑːv/ us

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 capital investment.
be starved of/for cash/funds/investment The company was starved of cash and failed to compete worldwide.
-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)