Definition of slake
1 archaic : to lessen the force of : moderate
3 : to cause (as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water : hydrate
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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
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of slake
Middle English, from Old English slacian, from sleac slack
First Known Use: 14th century
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: to provide, do, or have what is required by (something)
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