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 for hunger
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hunger \Hun"ger\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hungered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Hungering.] [OE. hungren, AS. hyngrian. See Hunger,
     n.]
     1. To feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of
        food; to be oppressed by hunger.
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     2. To have an eager desire; to long.
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              Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
              righteouness.                         --Matt. v. 6.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hunger \Hun"ger\, n. [AS. hungor; akin to OFries. hunger, D.
     honger, OS. & OHG. hungar, G. hunger, Icel. hungr, Sw. & Dan.
     hunger, Goth. h?hrus hunger, huggrjan to hunger.]
     1. An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of
        food; a craving or desire for food.
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     Note: The sensation of hunger is usually referred to the
           stomach, but is probably dependent on excitation of the
           sensory nerves, both of the stomach and intestines, and
           perhaps also on indirect impressions from other organs,
           more or less exhausted from lack of nutriment.
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     2. Any strong eager desire.
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              O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!   --Spenser.
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              For hunger of my gold I die.          --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hunger \Hun"ger\, v. t.
     To make hungry; to famish. Hunger-bit

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hunger
      n 1: a physiological need for food; the consequence of food
           deprivation [syn: hunger, hungriness]
      2: strong desire for something (not food or drink); "a thirst
         for knowledge"; "hunger for affection" [syn: hunger,
         hungriness, thirst, thirstiness]
      v 1: feel the need to eat
      2: have a craving, appetite, or great desire for [syn: crave,
         hunger, thirst, starve, lust]
      3: be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!" [syn:
         starve, hunger, famish] [ant: be full]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  122 Moby Thesaurus words for "hunger":
     ache, an universal wolf, appetence, appetency, appetite,
     appetition, aspire after, be ravenous, break bread,
     canine appetite, cannibalism, carnivorism, carnivority,
     carnivorousness, chewing, consumption, count calories, covet,
     coveting, crave, crave after, craving, crawl after, cropping,
     cupidity, deglutition, desire, devouring, devourment, diet,
     dieting, dining, drought, dryness, eat, eating, emptiness,
     empty stomach, epulation, eye hungrily, fall to, famine, fare,
     feasting, feed, feeding, feel hungry, gluttony, gobbling, grazing,
     hanker, hanker after, hankering, have a tapeworm, herbivorism,
     herbivority, herbivorousness, hollow hunger, hunger after,
     hunger for, hungriness, ingestion, itch, itching, licking, longing,
     lust, lust after, manducation, mania, mastication, messing,
     munching, nibbling, nutrition, omnivorism, omnivorousness,
     omophagy, pant after, pantophagy, partake, partake of, pasture,
     pasturing, pecking, pine, pitch in, polydipsia, prurience,
     pruriency, raven, ravenousness, regalement, relish, relishing,
     rumination, run mad after, savor, savoring, sexual desire, sigh,
     starvation, starve, stomach, sweet tooth, take, tapeworm, taste,
     tasting, thirst, thirst after, thirst for, thirstiness,
     torment of Tantalus, vegetarianism, voraciousness, voracity, want,
     wolfing, yearn, yearning, yen
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  HUNGER. The desire for taking food. Hunger is no excuse for larceny. 1 Hale, 
  P. C. 54; 4 Bl. Com. 31. But it is a matter which applies itself strongly to 
  the consciences of the judges in mitigation of the punishment. 
       2. When a person has died, and it is suspected he has been starved to 
  death, an examination of his body ought to be made, to ascertain whether or 
  not he died of hunger. The signs which usually attend death from hunger are 
  the following: The body is much emaciated, and a foetid, acrid odor exhales 
  from it, although death may have been very recent. The eyes are red and 
  open, which is not usual in other causes of death. The tongue and throat are 
  dry, even to aridity, and the stomach and intestines are contracted and 
  empty. The gall bladder is pressed with bile, and this fluid is found 
  scattered over the stomach and intestines, so as to tinge them very 
  extensively. The lungs are withered, but all the other organs are generally 
  in a healthy state. The blood vessels are usually empty. Foder, tom. ii. p. 
  276, tom. iii. p. 231; 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 52; see Eunom. Dial. 2, Sec. 47, 
  p. 142, and the note at p. 384. 
  
  

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