- to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
- to cool or refresh: He slaked his lips with ice.
- to make less active, vigorous, intense, etc.: His calm manner slaked their enthusiasm.
- to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water.Compare slaked lime.
- Obsolete. to make loose or less tense; slacken.
- (of lime) to become slaked.
- Archaic. to become less active, intense, vigorous, etc.; abate.
Origin of slake
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Examples from the Web for slake
Blake descended on the other side, to water his horse and slake his own thirst.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
There were no trees to give the men shade, or springs to slake their thirst.A Soldier's Life
Edwin G. Rundle
No "Coaley" was ever let to slake his thirst at the Stag o' Tyne.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3
George Augustus Sala
But even now, hot and weary, he refused adequately to slake his thirst.Omega, the Man
Lowell Howard Morrow
On arrival at the underwood, all dismount; but only to slake their thirst, as that of their horses.The Death Shot
- (tr) literary to satisfy (thirst, desire, etc)
- (tr) poetic to cool or refresh
- Also: slack to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which lime reacts with water or moist air to produce calcium hydroxide
- archaic to make or become less active or intense
Word Origin and History for slake
late Old English sleacian, slacian "become slack or remiss; slacken an effort" (intransitive); "delay, retard" (transitive), from slæc "lax" (see slack (adj.)). Transitive sense of "make slack" is from late 12c. Sense of "allay, diminish in force, quench, extinguish" (in reference to thirst, hunger, desire, wrath, etc.) first recorded early 14c. via notion of "make slack or inactive." Related: Slaked; slaking.