\ 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

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Other Words from quench

quenchable \ ˈkwen-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce quenchable (audio) \ adjective
quencher noun
quenchless \ ˈkwench-​ləs How to pronounce quenchless (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 What to drink: The Small Easy is an easy-drinking English mild ale, flavorful but quenching. oregonlive, "Barlows opens Vancouver brewery, adding to Clark County’s burgeoning beer scene," 25 Feb. 2020 Attendees will be able to find old fashioned soda at Wild Bill's or quench their thirst with lemonade from multiple different citrus-centric trucks. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the 2020 Street Eats Food Truck Festival rolls into Salt River Fields," 30 Jan. 2020 In dry conditions, atmospheric rivers can replenish water supplies and quench dangerous wildfires. Tom Corringham, The Conversation, "Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger," 27 Jan. 2020 The comeback came despite Hurts’ fumble at the goal line late in the third quarter — James Lynch, Baylor’s standout defensive end, stripped the ball and recovered it in the end zone — which could have quenched momentum but somehow did not. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Oklahoma still has Playoff pulse after stunning comeback against Baylor," 17 Nov. 2019 Is there a better way to quench your sports thirst than to discover whether or not Dak Prescott receives a $140 million deal or is forced to settle for the franchise tag of $31.6 million? David Moore, Dallas News, "With the rest of the sports world on hiatus, the Cowboys, NFL have an ideal opportunity to fill the void," 14 Mar. 2020 The supplies help quench the thirst of 27 million Californians, from the Bay Area to Southern California. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "1 is better than none — California moves toward single water tunnel under delta," 15 Jan. 2020 But Mullens’ potential inability to discuss some of the teams under serious consideration does not help to quench the conspiracies. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Oregon's success looming issue for College Football Playoff selection committee," 20 Nov. 2019 Sometimes the best beers are simple and just help quench your thirst. Fox News, "Best craft beers to drink right now," 3 May 2017

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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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3 Apr 2020

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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quench

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


\ 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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