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starve

(starv),
1. To suffer from lack of food.
2. To deprive of food so as to cause suffering or death.
3. Formerly, to die of cold.
[A.S. steorfan, to die]

starve

(stärv)
v. starved, starving, starves
v.intr.
1. To suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food.
2. Informal To be hungry.
3. Archaic To suffer or die from cold.
v.tr.
To cause to starve.

starve

(stahrv)
1. To suffer from a lack of food.
2. To deprive of food so as to cause suffering or death.
[A.S. steorfan, to die]

starve

(stahrv)
1. To suffer from lack of food.
2. To deprive of food so as to cause suffering or death.
[A.S. steorfan, to die]
References in classic literature ?
She's afraid she'll be blamed if they starve themselves into their graves.
If they allowed me to remain there until my seven shillings were spent, I couldn't hope to remain there when I began to starve.
Then, as the marsh winds made the fire glow and flare, I thought I heard the voice outside, of the man with the iron on his leg who had sworn me to secrecy, declaring that he couldn't and wouldn't starve until to-morrow, but must be fed now.
Thither by harpy-footed Furies hail'd, At certain revolutions all the damn'd Are brought: and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extreams, extreams by change more fierce, From Beds of raging Fire to starve in Ice Thir soft Ethereal warmth, and there to pine Immovable, infixt, and frozen round, Periods of time, thence hurried back to fire.
It is sad enough,'' replied Athelstane; ``but I trust they will hold us to a moderate ransom At any rate it cannot be their purpose to starve us outright; and yet, although it is high noon, I see no preparations for serving dinner.
That a man can do so and not starve is nowadays not even a paradox.
Sometimes they determined to starve me; or at least to shoot me in the face and hands with poisoned arrows, which would soon despatch me; but again they considered, that the stench of so large a carcass might produce a plague in the metropolis, and probably spread through the whole kingdom.
The poor duke swore, fell into a rage, yelled, and declared that they wished to starve him to death as they had starved the Marechal Ornano and the Grand Prior of Vendome; but he refused to promise that he would not make any more drawings and remained without any fire in the room all the winter.
They had been accustomed to each other's appearance, and to the gradual operation of hunger and hardship upon their frames, but the change in the looks of these men, since last they parted, was a type of the famine and desolation of the land; and they now began to indulge the horrible presentiment that they would all starve together, or be reduced to the direful alternative of casting lots!
But you won't, Tess; I know you; you'll never ask for it--you'll starve first
I could make nothing out there from an honest life; rather than starve I would lead a dishonest one.
Andrea del Sarto glorified his princes in pictures that must save them for ever from the oblivion they merited, and they let him starve.