Fam·ish, v. i.
1. To die of hunger; to starve.
2. To suffer extreme hunger or thirst, so as to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish.
You are all resolved rather to die than to famish? --Shak.
3. To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary.
The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish. --Prov. x. 3.
Fam·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Famished p. pr. & vb. n. Famishing.]
1. To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger.
2. To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hanger.
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. --Cen. xli. 55.
The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden.
3. To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary.
And famish him of breath, if not of bread. --Milton.
4. To force or constrain by famine.
He had famished Paris into a surrender. --Burke.
v 1: be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!" [syn:
starve, hunger] [ant: be full]
2: deprive of food; "They starved the prisoners" [syn: starve]
3: die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to
death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the
drought" [syn: starve]