\ 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

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
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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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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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