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English verb: famish

1. famish (consumption) be hungry; go without food

SamplesLet's eat--I'm starving!.

Synonymshunger, starve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hurt, suffer

Antonymsbe full

2. famish (consumption) deprive of food

SamplesThey starved the prisoners.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)deprive

Causefamish, hunger, starve

Verb groupstarve

Antonymsfeed, give

3. famish (consumption) die of food deprivation

SamplesThe political prisoners starved to death.
Many famished in the countryside during the drought.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

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