slake

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verb \ˈslāk, senses vi 2 & vt 3 are also ˈslak\

Definition of slake

slaked

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slaking

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  subside, abate

  3. 2 :  to become slaked :  crumble lime may slake spontaneously in moist air

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to lessen the force of :  moderate

  6. 2 :  satisfy, quench slake your thirst will slake your curiosity

  7. 3 :  to cause (a substance, such as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water :  hydrate

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Examples of slake in a Sentence

  1. trying to slake his curiosity

  2. a harrowing experience while mountain climbing has largely slaked my desire for high adventure

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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



SLAKE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of slake for English Language Learners

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


SLAKE Defined for Kids

slake

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verb \ˈslāk\

Definition of slake for Students

slaked

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slaking

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



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