- 1A feeling of needing or wanting to drink something: they quenched their thirst with spring waterMore example sentences
- He no longer quenches his thirst by drinking sodas.
- To quench your thirst, you drink a lot of water and other beverages, and that leads to more frequent urination.
- We moved back to the bar joking and laughing, and ordered drinks to quench our thirst.
- 1.1Lack of the liquid needed to sustain life: tens of thousands died of thirst and starvationMore example sentences
- So while most of the city has been left to die of starvation, thirst, heat, disease and violence, a few people have some support.
- When the sea ice receded from the coast of Nunivak Island in Alaska, it left 11 muskoxen trapped on a small islet offshore, doomed to die of starvation or thirst.
- They can be surrounded with food and water but die from starvation or thirst because they have such tiny throats that makes it impossible for them to swallow.
- 1.2 (usually thirst for) A strong desire for something: his thirst for knowledge was mainly academicMore example sentences
- The specimen prompted him to focus his thirst for knowledge and love of reading on mineralogy.
- Yet it is his thirst for knowledge, his insatiable desire to get a little better than he was yesterday, that makes him such a delightful curiosity.
- The media should resist the temptation to quench this thirst for sensationalism but there are some who never stand firm.
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- 1 (usually thirst for/after) Have a strong desire for something: an opponent thirsting for revengeMore example sentences
- My spirit thirsts for information and enlightenment.
- After all the temptations of the 20th century and the lack of any prospects for the future, people's souls are thirsting for kitsch.
- The class has been growing every week - everyone is thirsting for information.
- 2 • archaic Feel a need to drink something: a few could drink while many thirstedMore example sentences
- I groaned, and drank as if I had thirsted for days.
- He told her that whoever drank of the water of heaven would never thirst again.
- He hungers, but he is steadfast; he thirsts, but he is steadfast.
Old English thurst (noun), thyrstan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorst, dorsten and German Durst, dürsten.