quench

play
verb \ˈkwench\

Definition of quench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  put out, extinguishb :  to put out the light or fire of quench glowing coals with waterc :  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

  3. 2a :  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. Eliotb :  to terminate by or as if by destroying :  eliminate the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting — Margery Bailey quench a rebellionc :  to relieve or satisfy with liquid quenched his thirst at a wayside spring

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become extinguished :  cool

  6. 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

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Origin and Etymology of quench

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



QUENCH Defined for English Language Learners

quench

play
verb

Definition of quench for English Language Learners

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


QUENCH Defined for Kids

quench

play
verb \ˈkwench\

Definition of quench for Students

quenched

;

quenching

  1. 1 :  to end by satisfying The drink quenched my thirst.

  2. 2 :  to put out (as a fire)



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