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

 starve /ˈstɑrv/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 starve /ˈstɑrv/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Starve v. i. [imp. & p. p. Starved p. pr. & vb. n. Starving.]
 1. To die; to perish. [Obs., except in the sense of perishing with cold or hunger.]
 In hot coals he hath himself raked . . .
 Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules.   --Chaucer.
 2. To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent.
    Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed.   --Pope.
 3. To perish or die with cold.
    Have I seen the naked starve for cold?   --Sandys.
    Starving with cold as well as hunger.   --W. Irving.
 Note:In this sense, still common in England, but rarely used in the United States.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Starve, v. t.
 1. To destroy with cold. [Eng.]
 From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice
 Their soft ethereal warmth.   --Milton.
 2. To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.
 3. To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starve a garrison into a surrender.
    Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their convoy of provisions from Africa.   --Arbuthnot.
 4. To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plants by depriving them of proper light and air.
 5. To deprive of force or vigor; to disable.
    The pens of historians, writing thereof, seemed starved for matter in an age so fruitful of memorable actions.   --Fuller.
    The powers of their minds are starved by disuse.   --Locke.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!" [syn:
            hunger, famish] [ant: be full]
      2: die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to
         death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the
         drought" [syn: famish]
      3: deprive of food; "They starved the prisoners" [syn: famish]
         [ant: feed]
      4: have a craving, appetite, or great desire for [syn: crave,
          hunger, thirst, lust]
      5: deprive of a necessity and cause suffering; "he is starving
         her of love"; "The engine was starved of fuel"