Definition of slake in English:


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Pronunciation: /sleɪk


[with object]
1Quench or satisfy (one’s thirst): slake your thirst with citron pressé
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  • With care he crouched and drank, filling a mouth that seemed always parched, striving to slake a thirst he could no longer quench.
  • It is a local drink and definitely slakes the thirst.
  • In a nearby lake a horse slakes its innocuous thirst as vehemently as the peasants.
quench, satisfy, take the edge off, sate, satiate, relieve, assuage, gratify
1.1Satisfy (desires): restaurants worked to slake the Italian obsession with food
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  • All these sacrificial offerings might slake a predator's desires.
  • Seasonal workers are run ragged at this time of year, trying to slake the desires of Christmas-crazed consumers like me.
  • ‘Our blood lust was slaked by the destruction of Ajin and Nagin,’ Quint said.
2Combine (quicklime) with water to produce calcium hydroxide: slake the lime within a day or two of purchase
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  • Hydrated slaked lime is slaked quicklime that has reacted with water to form calcium hydroxide.
  • In the desert there will remain some stones, a whole gigantic ruin slowly split and slaked by waters and wind, mastic trees, frost.
  • With water it is slaked; and then slowly absorbs or fixes air or gas again to turn back into the starting substance.


Old English slacian 'become less eager', also 'slacken', from the adjective slæc 'slack'; compare with Dutch slaken 'diminish, relax'.

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