famine noun

ADJ. great, severe, terrible | widespread | imminent, impending Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place.

VERB + FAMINE face, suffer Four million people are now facing famine. countries that regularly suffer famines | cause, produce | relieve

FAMINE + VERB strike When famine strikes, it is often women and children who suffer the most.

FAMINE + NOUN relief | victim

PREP. during a/the ~ Thousands of people died during the terrible famine of that year.

PHRASES a threat of famine