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slake

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verb \ˈslāk, vi 2 & vt 3 are also ˈslak\

Simple Definition of slake

  • : to provide, do, or have what is required by (something)

Full Definition of slake

slakedslak·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  subside, abate

  3. 2 :  to become slaked :  crumble <lime may slake spontaneously in moist air>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to lessen the force of :  moderate

  6. 2 :  satisfy, quench <slake your thirst> <will slake your curiosity>

  7. 3 :  to cause (as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water :  hydrate

Examples of slake

  1. trying to slake his curiosity

  2. <a harrowing experience while mountain climbing has largely slaked my desire for high adventure>



Origin of slake

Middle English, from Old English slacian, from sleac slack


First Known Use: 14th century




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