Definition of quench
1a : put out, extinguishb : to put out the light or fire of quench glowing coals with waterc : 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. Eliotb : to terminate by or as if by destroying : eliminate the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting — Margery Bailey quench a rebellionc : to relieve or satisfy with liquid quenched his thirst at a wayside spring
1 : to become extinguished : cool
2 : to become calm : subside
quenchableplay \ˈkwen-chə-bəl\ adjective
quenchlessplay \ˈkwench-ləs\ adjective
Examples of quench in a Sentence
we thoroughly quenched the campfire before we headed to bed
this lemonade really quenches my thirst
Recent Examples of quench from the Web
Abbey Oliver eventually quenched her thirst for water sports without having to shave seconds off her race times.
BOULDER, Colo.—The parched Southwest already imbibes heavily from the Colorado River, straining its supply to quench a growing thirst.
Thankfully, Chipotle is quenching our back-to-school thirst next month with a sweet offer that’s going to make fueling up for the semester a little easier.
The offense finally quenched its thirst for runs in the seventh inning.
In addition to quenching people’s thirst, this water could be turned into fuel for interplanetary spaceships.
But in case a single water bottle is insufficient to quench your thirst, there is a pair of pop-up cup holders on either side of the chassis.
But as undefeated UCLA continues its march toward a record 12th NCAA crown, there’s an Xbox 360 title that’s more than enough to quench your wintertime thirst for fight songs and busted brackets.
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Origin and Etymology of quench
Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, Old Frisian quinka
First Known Use: 12th century
QUENCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quench for English Language Learners
: to stop (a fire) from burning : to put out (a fire)
QUENCH Defined for Kids
Definition of quench for Students
1 : to end by satisfying The drink quenched my thirst.
2 : to put out (as a fire)
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