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Starve or Sterve (the latter form in Merch. IV, 1, 138. Cor. IV, 2, 51. Rom. I, 1, 225. Tim. I, 1, 257. Cymb. I, 4, 180. rhyming to deserve in Cor. II, 3, 120) 1) intr. a) to perish, to die: “I'll s. ere I'll rob a foot further,” H4A II, 2, 22. “he had better s. than but once think this place becomes thee not,” H8 V, 3, 132. “better it is to die, better to s., than crave the hire which first we do deserve,” Cor. II, 3, 120. “we'll see 'em s. first,” Lr. V, 3, 25.
b) to be benumbed with cold: “you but warm the --d snake,” H6B III, 1, 343. “comfortless as frozen water to a --d snake,” Tit. III, 1, 252. “lest the bargain should catch cold and s.” Cymb. I, 4, 180.
c) to perish with hunger: H4A I, 3, 89. H4A I, 3, 89 II, 1, 30. H6A III, 2, 48. H6B I, 1, 135. H6B I, 1, 135 Cor. IV, 2, 51. Rom. III, 5, 194. Per. II, 1, 72.
d) to suffer hunger or want: Merch. I, 2, 7. V, 295. H5 IV, 2, 16. Rom. V, 1, 70. With for (cf. Die) == to be hungry for, extremely desirous of: “clean --d for a look,” Sonn. 75, 10. “I s. for a merry look,” Err. II, 1, 88. “am --ed for meat,” Shr. IV, 3, 9. “--ing for a time of pell-mell havoc,” H4A V, 1, 81. Partic. --d == 1) hungry, ravenous: “thy desires are wolvish, bloody, --d and ravenous,” Merch. IV, 1, 138. 2) famished, lean (cf. Starveling): “this same --d justice,” H4B III, 2, 327. “you --d bloodhound,” V, 4, 31.
2) trans. a) to paralyze, to disable: “aches contract and s. your supple joints,” Tim. I, 1, 257. they (their mouths) “are now --d for want of exercise,” Per. I, 4, 38. Peculiar expressions: “it is too --d a subject for my sword,” Troil. I, 1, 96 (too powerless, too inconsiderable). “never go home; here s. we out the night,” V, 10, 2 (let us here see the night come to an end).
b) to destroy with cold, to nip: “the air hath --d the roses in her cheeks,” Gent. IV, 4, 159.
c) to afflict with want or hunger: when she (nature) did s. the general world beside and prodigally gave them (graces) “all to you,” LLL II, 11. “beauty --d with her severity,” Rom. I, 1, 225. “give them life whom hunger --d half dead,” Per. I, 4, 96. “who --s the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry,” V, 1, 113. With from: “we must s. our sight from lovers' food till morrow,” Mids. I, 1, 222.
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