slake

verb
\ ˈslāk How to pronounce slake (audio) , intransitive sense 2 & transitive sense 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
Recent Examples on the Web The world of this series is one in which carnivores have, by and large, given up eating meat to live alongside herbivores, but the urge to slake their thirst for blood is a hard one to overcome. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 7 Oct. 2021 The Masquerade who can’t their RPG group together can still slake their thirst on these excellent games. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The world of this series is one in which carnivores have, by and large, given up eating meat to live alongside herbivores, but the urge to slake their thirst for blood is a hard one to overcome. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 Here was a lone bighorn sheep on Death Canyon Shelf, near the trickling stream that would slake our thirst. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Animals gather, too, seeking water to slake their thirst. AZCentral.com, 18 Aug. 2021 In their dying hours, Dostum’s captives licked the sweat off their neighbors’ skin in a desperate attempt to slake their thirst. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 For those who've re-watched Fleabag season 2 an unholy number of times, Andie J. Christopher is here to slake our lust for another Hot Priest. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 July 2021 But for those hoping to slake their bloodlust a little sooner, there’s a whole world of sanguinary anime — with and without vampires — out there just waiting for viewers to sink their teeth into. John Maher, Vulture, 4 June 2021

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Slake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slake. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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slake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slake

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

slake

verb
\ 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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