\ 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

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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 Some in Red Fury even tried to quench their thirsts for live soccer by watching old Rising game replays. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising fans find new ways to cheer, anxious for reboot," 28 June 2020 These efforts did not do enough to quench the ever-growing thirst of Southern California. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 As summer continues heating up, boy band die-hards are waiting for their favorites to quench their thirst for new music. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Which Boy Band Do You Want New Music From Next? Vote!," 18 Aug. 2020 Clean and quench your curls with gentle shampoos and conditioner, such as Alaffia's EveryDay Coconut shampoo and EveryDay Coconut conditioner, both crafted with virgin coconut oil and no artificial colors or synthetic fragrances. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, "How to Figure Out Your Curly Hair Type — And Why It Matters," 10 July 2020 For the time being, buyers will generally rely on video chat walkthroughs and other technologies such as 3-D virtual showings, to quench their thirst for open houses and broker tours. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: While homes are still selling, the market will continue to experience a noticeable slowdown, probably until sometime in May," 16 Apr. 2020 There’s an eclectic collection of bars in the area that will quench any thirst and fuel any dance party. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in Clearwater, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 29 June 2020 For non-caffeinated drinks, patrons can quench their thirst with aguas de jamaica and tamarindo. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Here's what to expect at this new Phoenix cafe inspired by Mexico City's coffee culture," 27 June 2020 Lucky for you, the CNN Travel Quiz is here to quench your wanderlust. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "All the Good Stuff that happened this week," 23 May 2020

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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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6 Sep 2020

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“Quench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quench. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quench

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


\ 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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