quench

verb \ ˈkwench \

Definition of quench

transitive verb
b :to put out the light or fire of
  • quench glowing coals with water
c :to cool (something, such as heated metal) suddenly by immersion (as in oil or water)
d :to cause to lose heat or warmth
  • you have quenched the warmth of France toward you
  • —Alfred Tennyson
2 a :to bring (something immaterial) to an end typically by satisfying, damping, cooling, or decreasing
  • a rational understanding of the laws of nature can quench impossible desires
  • —Lucius Garvin
  • the praise that quenches all desire to read the book
  • —T. S. Eliot
b :to terminate by or as if by destroying :eliminate
  • the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting
  • —Margery Bailey
  • quench a rebellion
c :to relieve or satisfy with liquid
  • quenched his thirst at a wayside spring
intransitive verb
1 :to become extinguished :cool
2 :to become calm :subside

quenchable

play \ˈkwen-chə-bəl\ adjective

quencher

noun

quenchless

play \ˈkwench-ləs\ adjective

Examples of quench in a Sentence

  1. we thoroughly quenched the campfire before we headed to bed

  2. this lemonade really quenches my thirst

Recent Examples of quench from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quench.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of quench

Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, Old Frisian quinka

quench Synonyms

Synonyms
blanket, douse (also dowse), put out, extinguish, snuff (out)
Antonyms
fire, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, light
Related Words
choke, smother, suffocate; blow out, rub out, snub (out), stamp (out), stub
Near Antonyms
arouse, excite, pique, stimulate; tantalize, tease


QUENCH Defined for English Language Learners

quench

verb

Definition of quench for English Language Learners

  • : to stop (a fire) from burning : to put out (a fire)


QUENCH Defined for Kids

quench

verb \ ˈkwench \

Definition of quench for Students

quenched; quenching
1 :to end by satisfying
  • The drink quenched my thirst.
2 :to put out (as a fire)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up quench? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!