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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.]

fam′ish·ment n.
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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]
ˈfamishment n
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(ˈfæm ɪʃ)

v.t., v.i.
1. to suffer extreme hunger.
2. Archaic. to starve to death.
[1350–1400; Middle English to starve]
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famine, famish - Famine and famish come from Latin fames, "hunger."
See also related terms for hunger.
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Past participle: famished
Gerund: famishing

I famish
you famish
he/she/it famishes
we famish
you famish
they famish
I famished
you famished
he/she/it famished
we famished
you famished
they famished
Present Continuous
I am famishing
you are famishing
he/she/it is famishing
we are famishing
you are famishing
they are famishing
Present Perfect
I have famished
you have famished
he/she/it has famished
we have famished
you have famished
they have famished
Past Continuous
I was famishing
you were famishing
he/she/it was famishing
we were famishing
you were famishing
they were famishing
Past Perfect
I had famished
you had famished
he/she/it had famished
we had famished
you had famished
they had famished
I will famish
you will famish
he/she/it will famish
we will famish
you will famish
they will famish
Future Perfect
I will have famished
you will have famished
he/she/it will have famished
we will have famished
you will have famished
they will have famished
Future Continuous
I will be famishing
you will be famishing
he/she/it will be famishing
we will be famishing
you will be famishing
they will be famishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been famishing
you have been famishing
he/she/it has been famishing
we have been famishing
you have been famishing
they have been famishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been famishing
you will have been famishing
he/she/it will have been famishing
we will have been famishing
you will have been famishing
they will have been famishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been famishing
you had been famishing
he/she/it had been famishing
we had been famishing
you had been famishing
they had been famishing
I would famish
you would famish
he/she/it would famish
we would famish
you would famish
they would famish
Past Conditional
I would have famished
you would have famished
he/she/it would have famished
we would have famished
you would have famished
they would have famished
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.famish - be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
suffer, hurt - feel pain or be in pain
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"
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vi (inf)verhungern; I’m famishedich bin total ausgehungert (inf)
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When water is spilled on dry ground both the dry ground and the water disappear and mud results; and in the same way the entry of the famished army into the rich and deserted city resulted in fires and looting and the destruction of both the army and the wealthy city.
It was a weary and famished, but still a fighting and menacing army.
Had Tarzan been famished he would, doubtless, have stood his ground and met the lion's charge.
"Does everybody here recall old Foulon, who told the famished people that they might eat grass, and who died, and went to Hell?"
From such household occupations as their bare poverty yielded, from their children, from their aged and their sick crouching on the bare ground famished and naked, they ran out with streaming hair, urging one another, and themselves, to madness with the wildest cries and actions.
After weeks on the ocean, the Shimerdas were famished for fruit.
He described how he labored with her and convinced her; and how she almost died for joy when she had groped to where she actually saw the blue speck of daylight; how he pushed his way out at the hole and then helped her out; how they sat there and cried for gladness; how some men came along in a skiff and Tom hailed them and told them their situation and their famished condition; how the men didn't believe the wild tale at first, "because," said they, "you are five miles down the river below the valley the cave is in" -- then took them aboard, rowed to a house, gave them supper, made them rest till two or three hours after dark and then brought them home.
To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to be well-fed while the enemy is famished:--this is the art of husbanding one's strength.
They searched in vain; not a trace of the men could be found; but they got into a region destitute of game, where they were well-nigh famished. At one time they were three entire days with-out a mouthful of food; at length they beheld a buffalo grazing at the foot of the mountain.
SOME DOGS famished with hunger saw a number of cowhides steeping in a river.
famished upon the sifted meal and distilled water of a prudish purveyance.