quenched; quenching; quenches

transitive verb

: to put out the light or fire of
quench glowing coals with water
: to cool (something, such as heated metal) suddenly by immersion (as in oil or water)
: to cause to lose heat or warmth
you have quenched the warmth of France toward youAlfred Tennyson
: 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 desiresLucius Garvin
the praise that quenches all desire to read the bookT. S. Eliot
: to terminate by or as if by destroying : eliminate
the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-actingMargery Bailey
quench a rebellion
: to relieve or satisfy with liquid
quenched his thirst at a wayside spring

intransitive verb

: to become extinguished : cool
: to become calm : subside
quenchable adjective
quencher noun
quenchless adjective

Example Sentences

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


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of quench was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: extinguish sense 1
quench a fire
: to bring to an end
: satisfy sense 2b
quench your thirst
quenchable adjective
quencher noun

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