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 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
Recent Examples on the Web The vaccines have begun to quench the pandemic inferno, but the remaining flames are still burning through the same communities who have already been disproportionately scorched by COVID-19—and by a much older legacy of poor health care. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 The water that melts away from mountain snowpack acts to quench the thirst of the state’s trees and plants, and keeps their moisture content elevated. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 During this very dry period, speakeasies proliferated to quench the city dwellers’ thirst. Akiko Katayama, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Here’s one way to expand your horizons Scoping out vintage travel posters online can be a sweet, nostalgic way to quench your travel bug. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Here is a list of five bubble tea shops ready to satisfy the cravings of any discerning boba lover, or to quench the curiosities of anyone looking to try boba for the first time. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Luckily there are plenty of new spirited products that have launched within the last year to help quench your growing thirst. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Each orb of citrus, berry, or drupe feels like a special gift from the earth, a sweet surprise that can both quench your thirst and fill your stomach. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Engage in physical activities like bike riding or sports that involve other people in order to quench your thirst for social interactions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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