\ 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 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 Luckily there are plenty of new spirited products that have launched within the last year to help quench your growing thirst. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, "10 Boozy Delights That Should Be On Your Radar This Spring," 16 Apr. 2021 Each orb of citrus, berry, or drupe feels like a special gift from the earth, a sweet surprise that can both quench your thirst and fill your stomach. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "So, How Is It Really? The Incredibly Expensive “Tesla Of Strawberries”," 9 Apr. 2021 Engage in physical activities like bike riding or sports that involve other people in order to quench your thirst for social interactions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 3, 2021: Happy birthday Rachel Bloom; Leo, put plans into action," 3 Apr. 2021 Yet this experience, too, still did not quite quench her thirst for making a difference. Eric Berger, Wired, "How Elon Musk Convinced Gwynne Shotwell to Join SpaceX," 2 Mar. 2021 Avon High School junior Rose Bora is determined to help quench Africa’s thirst. cleveland, "Avon High School student raising funds to ensure safe drinking water for African villagers," 19 Feb. 2021 Savor a second scoop of feminist rage if the movie Promising Young Woman didn’t quench your appetite! Molly Young, Vulture, "No One Is Talking About This and 8 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head," 5 Feb. 2021 Rather than using disposable water bottles to quench their thirst, many exercisers prefer eco-friendly reusable water bottles. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Best fitness gifts for women," 6 Mar. 2021 Downton Abbey is also currently available to quench your upstairs-downstairs thirst on Peacock, while the film can be enjoyed on HBO Max. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Downton Abbey Returns to Its Original PBS Estate," 17 Feb. 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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The first known use of quench was in the 12th century

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28 Apr 2021

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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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