\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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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 Diskin Cider 1235 Martin Street Sweet tea is ubiquitous in the South, but fruit tea is a distinctly Nashville riff on the thirst-quenching staple. Alia Akkam, Billboard, "Nashville Remastered: Five Renovated Landmarks Generating Excitement in Music City," 5 June 2018 Rosehip seed oil: Superstar anti-ager loaded with antioxidants that quenches dry skin. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A DIY Face Cream With Skin-Protecting Essential Oils," 15 Nov. 2017 Then George Springer's 10th home run and the Astros' aggressive base running provided a thirst-quenching 4-1 victory. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros give Justin Verlander run support, win over Giants," 23 May 2018 Amazon Prime is here with just the show that will quench your thirst for all things deeply British and deeply political with another based-on-true-events period piece A Very English Scandal. refinery29.com, "If You Miss The Crown, Treat Yourself To A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 With a record-breaking heat wave underway and the World Cup in full swing, folks in the U.K. are clamoring for thirst-quenching fizzy drinks, cold beers and meat for barbecues. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.’s Supply of Beer and Crumpets," 3 July 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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Phrases Related to quench

quench one's/someone's thirst

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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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