quench

verb
\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for quench

Synonyms

blanket, douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, snuff (out)

Antonyms

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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Nothing quenches thirst quite like a cold brew at a baseball game. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 That alone would have quenched our thirst for drama, but then much of Bachelor Nation was thrilled to learn Hannah and runner-up, Tyler Cameron, went on a date. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Um, Tyler Cameron and Gigi Hadid Reportedly Went on a Date," 5 Aug. 2019 Beer, wine, specialty cocktails and crushes as well as non-alcoholic beverages are available to quench any thirst. baltimoresun.com, "Enter for a chance to win tickets for two to the Amps and Ales Festival at Maryland Live Sept.," 24 July 2019 As guests quenched their thirst at a VitaCup Iced Tea bar and with LaCroix sparkling water, Caldwell and Harvey released pink smoke out of cannons in their own fun, iconic reveal. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "It's a Girl! Pregnant Kimberly Caldwell Reveals Her Baby on the Way's Sex at Fiesta-Themed Bash," 28 Aug. 2019 For decades, we have been told it would one day turn oceans of salt water into fresh and quench the world’s thirst. Jim Robbins, WIRED, "Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water," 27 June 2019 After 14 days, Olay Ribbons Body Wash in Shea + Blue Lotus covered, cleansed, and quenched my whole body. Andrea Pion, Good Housekeeping, "How I'm Learning to Listen to — And Love — My Pregnant Body," 7 June 2019 Instead of smoothing out parched patches and quenching flaky zones, the wrong formulas can cling, cake, settle, and pill in all the wrong ways. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The Best Foundations for Dry Skin, According to Makeup Artists," 18 July 2018 The airport’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at restaurants, cafes and vending machines took effect on Tuesday, though travelers still had plenty of options to quench their thirst. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "SFO’s plastic water bottle ban draws mixed reactions on first day," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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More Definitions for quench

quench

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quench

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

quench

verb
\ 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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