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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

 starving
      adj : suffering from lack of food [syn: starved]
      n : the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the
          beseigers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they
          were charged with the starvation of children in their
          care" [syn: starvation]