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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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 After quenching its thirst, the smart simian proves its green credentials by turning off the tap. Fox News, "Environmentally-friendly monkey goes viral," 6 Aug. 2019 Those gun laws, while laudable, have done little to quench U.S citizens’ thirst for guns. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: America must reckon with the unfettered gun violence killing our children," 6 Aug. 2019 Engelman suggests reaching for super-hydrating skin care packed with thirst-quenching hyaluronic acid and healing Niacinamide, like CeraVe Night Cream which is filled with both powerhouse ingredients. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Soothe and Calm Facial Redness for Good," 26 July 2019 Perhaps a domestic cup run is also feasible and would at least partially quench the thirst for silverware. SI.com, "Man Utd 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man and Predictions," 9 Aug. 2019 Traditionalists can quench their thirst with naturally refreshing spring water. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "8 things to pack for vacation — and how to get them delivered before you go," 6 Aug. 2019 Old Westminster Winery, Skin Contact Piquette Spritzer Scents of candied peach, pear and raspberry lead to a thirst-quenching palate that’s fizzy and tart. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Fizzy summer wines offer lighthearted refreshment," 29 July 2019 Clinique's Moisture Surge range (which includes a CC cream, a thirst-quenching gel, the Best of Beauty Award-winning hydrator, and the original moisturizer), is not-so-secretly one of our first-line defenses against dry skin in need of serious R&R. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Clinique Launches Moisture Surge Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate to Hydrate Under-Eyes," 1 May 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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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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