how to pronounce starve


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starve is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of starve in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… why cuz I didn't want him to starve to …”

meanings of starve


  1. To be very hungry.
  2. To deprive of nourishment or of some vital component.
  3. To destroy, make capitulate or at least make suffer by deprivation, notably of food.
  4. To die; in later use especially to die slowly, waste away.
  5. To deteriorate for want of any essential thing.
  6. To kill with cold.
  7. To die because of lack of food or of not eating.

starve frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word starve occurs in english on average 2.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics starve can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that starve can be often used in the following areas:

1) food and health;

2) people, society, and culture;

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