Simple Definition of slake
: to provide, do, or have what is required by (something)
Full Definition of slake
1 archaic : to lessen the force of : moderate
3 : to cause (as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water : hydrate
Examples of slake in a sentence
trying to slake his curiosity
<a harrowing experience while mountain climbing has largely slaked my desire for high adventure>
Did You Know?
Slake is no slacker when it comes to obsolete and archaic meanings. Shakespearean scholars may know that in the Bard's day slake meant "to subside or abate ("No flood by raining slaketh. . . ." - The Rape of Lucrece) or "to lessen the force of " ("It could not slake mine ire, nor ease my heart." - Henry VI, Part 3). The most erudite word enthusiasts may also be aware of earlier meanings of "slake," such as "to slacken one's efforts" or "to cause to be relaxed or loose." These early meanings recall the word's Old English ancestor "sleac," which not only meant "slack" but is also the source of that modern term.
Origin of slake
Middle English, from Old English slacian, from sleac slack
First Known Use: 14th century
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