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v. fam·ished, fam·ish·ing, fam·ish·es
1. To cause to endure severe hunger.
2. To cause to starve to death.
1. To endure severe deprivation, especially of food.
2. To undergo starvation and die.
[Middle English famishen, alteration of famen, from Old French afamer, from Vulgar Latin *affamāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin famēs, hunger.]
1. (now usually passive) to be or make very hungry or weak
2. archaic to die or cause to die from starvation
3. Irish to make very cold: I was famished with the cold.
[C14: from Old French afamer, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēs famine]
1. to suffer extreme hunger.
2. Archaic. to starve to death.
[1350–1400; Middle English to starve]
See also related terms for hunger.
Past participle: famished
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|Verb||1.||famish - be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"|
|2.||famish - deprive of food; "They starved the prisoners"|
starve - deprive of a necessity and cause suffering; "he is starving her of love"; "The engine was starved of fuel"
deprive - keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
|3.||famish - die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"|
croak, decease, die, drop dead, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, snuff it, pop off, expire, conk, exit, choke, go, pass - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"