\ˈkwench \
quenched; quenching; quenches

Definition of quench 

transitive verb

1a : put out, extinguish

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

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. 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

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Other Words from quench

quenchable \ˈkwen-​chə-​bəl \ adjective
quencher noun
quenchless \ˈkwench-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for quench


blanket, douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, snuff (out)


fire, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, light

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Examples of quench in a Sentence

we thoroughly quenched the campfire before we headed to bed this lemonade really quenches my thirst

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There have never been more exciting ways to quench your thirst than there are now. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 13 Best Healthy Drinks You Can Get at the Supermarket," 20 Aug. 2018 Mautone, Grey Goose says, decided to combine the vodka with lemonade to quench spectators' thirst in the late summer heat. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Most Popular Drink at the US Open," 3 Aug. 2017 Wildfires have ignited in the Pacific Northwest before, but usually Seattle’s weather quenches flames and clears smoke pretty quickly. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Breathing Seattle’s air right now is like smoking 7 cigarettes. Blame wildfires.," 21 Aug. 2018 Among Emanuel’s proposals is a move to quench Chicagoans’ thirst for outdoor drinking and eating by allowing restaurants and bars to apply for year-round sidewalk cafe licenses. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Emanuel talks small business ideas at policy event," 27 Apr. 2018 But housing advocates say even those units will do little to quench the demand for housing in Waltham, where home prices have climbed 30 percent in the past three years. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Live where you work? In Waltham, that’s not so easy," 8 July 2018 At some holes, players poured cold beer into the bowl and quenched their thirst. Keith Gave, Detroit Free Press, "Limousine crash ended Detroit Red Wings' summer of joy after just 6 days," 13 June 2018 Some say Milwaukee’s sudsy reputation exploded after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, when the Illinois city’s thirst could not be quenched and Milwaukee sent water and beer southward. Mike Pramik, USA TODAY, "Milwaukee breweries from classic to craft," 6 June 2018 Think Gamays, Trousseau, and balanced blends that both quench thirst and are intense enough to stand up to barbecue classics. Maggie Hoffman, Sunset, "8 Chilled Red Wines Perfect for Summer Sipping," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of quench

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for quench

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

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English Language Learners Definition of quench

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


\ˈkwench \
quenched; quenching

Kids Definition of quench

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

2 : to put out (as a fire)

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