quench

verb
\ ˈkwench How to pronounce quench (audio) \
quenched; quenching; quenches

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
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

Other Words from quench

quenchable \ ˈkwen-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce quench (audio) \ adjective
quencher noun
quenchless \ ˈkwench-​ləs How to pronounce quench (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In this case, the coast did not experience enough storms to quench the thirst of the atmosphere, as well as the drying landscape. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 23 Oct. 2021 With travel plans put on hold, some people turned to games like Animal Crossing to quench their thirst for adventure. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Take the Colorado River and its tributaries, whose waters quench the thirst of tens of millions of people and irrigate millions of acres of farmland from Wyoming to Mexico. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 For water, that can be a cup of water to quench the spirits’ thirst after their journey, or sometimes the deceased’s favorite drink. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2021 The mayor of Les Cayes, Marie Michelle Sylvie Rameau, said in an interview that there was a lack of potable water across the city and people were digging wells to quench their thirst with water that may be contaminated and spread disease. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Film libraries have become particularly valuable as streaming services try to quench a never-ending thirst for content. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 The state’s profligate spender-in-chief believes money thrown to key constituencies may quench the rage of millions of voters who want to remove him from office. Lance Christensen, National Review, 14 May 2021 Although curfews are supposed to quell late-night crowding, with no venues to quench partiers’ thirst for a good time, the remaining option is to take to the streets. Olivia Mcauley, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for quench

quench

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quench

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

quench

verb
\ ˈkwench How to pronounce quench (audio) \
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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