STARVE, verb intransitive [G., to die, either by disease or hunger, or by a wound.]
1. To perish; to be destroyed. [In this general sense, obsolete.]
2. To perish or die with cold; as, to starve with cold. [This sense is retained in England, but not in the United States.
3. To perish with hunger. [This sense is retained in England and the United States.]
4. To suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent.
Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed.
STARVE, verb transitive
1. To kill with hunger. Maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.
2. To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starve a garrison into a surrender.
3. To destroy by want; as, to starve plants by the want of nutriment.
4. To kill with cold. [Not in use in the United States.]
From beds of raging fire to starve in ice their soft ethereal warmth--
5. To deprive of force or vigor.
The powers of their minds are starved by disuse. [Unusual.]