Meaning of slake


When you slake something, such as a desire or a thirst, you satisfy it. A big glass of lemonade on a hot summer day will slake your thirst.

The word slake traces back to the Old English word slacian, meaning to “become less eager.” If you slake something, like thirst, you become less eager to drink. In other words, you are less thirsty. Like satisfy and quench, close relatives of slake in meaning, the word is used to indicate that a craving is made less intense by getting whatever it is that you crave.

Definitions of slake
  1. verb

    satisfy (thirst)


    allay, assuage, quench

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    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

    fill or meet a want or need

  2. verb

    make less active or intense


    abate, slack

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    decrease, lessen, minify

    make smaller

  3. verb

    cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water



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    alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate
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    cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to

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