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