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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Eat and drink: Hang out in the small tap room at the Telluride Brewing Co. with a glass of Whacked Out Wheat, an award-winning brew that’s light enough to quench your thirst. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 The camps, however, have not exactly been enough to quench Lattimore’s thirst to give back to his community. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore will host free youth event Saturday in Glenville," 25 June 2019 The lemon version is straightforward, tart and quenching with enough bite to know you’re drinking a beer. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Lean into summer and your New England roots with a Del’s Shandy from Narragansett," 10 June 2019 Five decades had dovetailed toward Sunday night for St. Louis, its franchise-long championship drought set to be quenched by champagne. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Bruins’ Core Steps Up to Counterpunch Blues, Take Stanley Cup Final the Distance," 10 June 2019 For those shorter on time, a visit to Vino Underground (tasting from 25 lari) or 8000 Vintages will quench your palate. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "36 Hours in Tbilisi," 7 June 2018 First, the Blues quenched their franchise-long Stanley Cup drought at 51 years, suffocating the Bruins, 4–1, in Game 7 at TD Garden. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Gloria! Blues Turn Lost Season Into Long-Awaited Stanley Cup Title," 13 June 2019 His numerous victories on the water and in business never fully quenched his thirst for improvement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Innovator North always pushed the envelope, but ‘wasn’t afraid to fail’," 5 June 2019 Skin feels bone-dry and no amount of duty-free lotions can quench the #thirst. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Good News, Frequent Flyers: Sunday Riley Is Launching a Skin-Care Kit With United Airlines," 2 Apr. 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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