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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fam·ish /ˈfæmɪʃ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]
         [ant: feed]
      3: die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to
         death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the
         drought" [syn: starve]