\ ˈslāk How to pronounce slake (audio) , senses vi 2 & vt 3 are also ˈslak\
slaked; slaking

Definition of slake

intransitive verb

1 archaic : subside, abate
2 : to become slaked : crumble lime may slake spontaneously in moist air

transitive verb

1 archaic : to lessen the force of : moderate
2 : satisfy, quench slake your thirst will slake your curiosity
3 : to cause (a substance, such as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water : hydrate

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Slake is no slacker when it comes to obsolete and archaic meanings. Shakespearean scholars may know that in the Bard's day slake meant "to subside or abate ("No flood by raining slaketh. . . ." - The Rape of Lucrece) or "to lessen the force of " ("It could not slake mine ire, nor ease my heart." - Henry VI, Part 3). The most erudite word enthusiasts may also be aware of earlier meanings of "slake," such as "to slacken one's efforts" or "to cause to be relaxed or loose." These early meanings recall the word's Old English ancestor "sleac," which not only meant "slack" but is also the source of that modern term.

Examples of slake in a Sentence

trying to slake his curiosity a harrowing experience while mountain climbing has largely slaked my desire for high adventure

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Instead, the damage from the nastiest election in decades seems to multiply by the week, stifling all efforts to slake its poison, and looks certain to linger for years. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Report on FBI brings the 2016 campaign roaring back," 15 June 2018 Copper, granite, concrete and marble are slaking people’s thirst for interiors that don’t look like wearying generic condos. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Kitchen Sinks Go Luxe: So Long Stainless Steel," 1 June 2018 One way Marvel has tried to slake fan thirst in intervening years is expanding their offerings into another medium: live-action events., "Daredevils: Two Stuntwomen Reveal How They Bring Marvel Characters To Life," 3 May 2018 Many dance fans slake their choreographic curiosity with YouTube videos. San Francisco Chronicle, "Meet the San Francisco Ballet dozen of ‘Unbound: A Festival of New Works’," 6 Apr. 2018 May's the perfect month to squeeze in a bonus trip to slake that thirst for vacation that's already kicking in. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in May," 3 Apr. 2018 Isa Fabro, a pastry chef in Los Angeles, slakes hers in butter suffused with ube halaya (a jam of purple yam) and latik, a coconut-milk concentrate close in spirit to dulce de leche. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream," 12 Mar. 2018 Green Flash spent $20 million on the 58,000-square-foot brewery and taproom, which was designed to slake the thirst of fans east of the Mississippi River. Peter Rowe,, "Beer bust: Green Flash closes Virginia Beach brewery," 26 Mar. 2018 And signs that Mueller is deepening his investigation will do nothing to slake the Russia fever gripping Washington. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump can't escape Washington's Russia fever," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of slake

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slake

Middle English, from Old English slacian, from sleac slack

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English Language Learners Definition of slake

literary : to provide, do, or have what is required by (something)


\ ˈslāk How to pronounce slake (audio) \
slaked; slaking

Kids Definition of slake

: quench sense 1 A drink of water slaked my thirst.

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