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American English: /stɑrv/
British English: /stɑːv/

Translation of starve in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (deny food)
    privar de comida a
    hacer pasar hambre a
    I'm starved (American English) [colloquial] to starve oneself
    pasar hambre
    to starve somebody into surrender
    obligar a alguien a rendirse a causa del hambre
    they starved the rebels out
    esperaron a que el hambre obligara a los rebeldes a salir de su escondite
    Example sentences
    • Otherwise, we'd all have frozen and starved to death.
    • A prisoner has starved to death after fasting for seven months, becoming the 48th person to die in hunger strikes protesting against changes to Turkey's prison system.
    • There is no cause to regret the passing of that system - millions of peasants starved to death - and those who now point to the absence of school fees in that period are at any rate one-sided.
    1.2 (deprive) See examples:to starve something/somebody of something
    privar algo/a alguien de algo
    a child starved of love
    un niño privado de cariño
    to be starved for news/encouragement
    estar sediento de noticias/apoyo
    Example sentences
    • Not a duff track among them, honestly, and the thing didn't even make it past 20 minutes, so naturally I was starved for more.
    • Wavell believed that he was being starved of the necessary reinforcements which he believed he needed and he resigned in February 1942.
    • Mullan speaks about his children with affection, something he was starved of by his own father, Charles.

intransitive verb

  • (die)
    morirse de hambre
    (feel hungry)
    pasar hambre
    they all starved (to death)
    todos se murieron de hambre or de inanición
    I'm starving (British English) [colloquial] he's starving for affection
    tiene sed de cariño
    Example sentences
    • It was getting near to midday and I was starving hungry.
    • I was ravenously starving all the time and I have nothing but admiration for people who manage this lifestyle.
    • Everyone was famished, desperate and starving.

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