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[sleyk] /sleɪk/
verb (used with object), slaked, slaking.
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.
verb (used without object), slaked, slaking.
(of lime) to become slaked.
Archaic. to become less active, intense, vigorous, etc.; abate.
Origin of slake
before 1000; Middle English slaken to mitigate, allay, moderate, lessen one's efforts, Old English slacian to slacken, lessen one's efforts, equivalent to slæc slack1 + -ian causative verb suffix
Related forms
slakable, slakeable, adjective
slakeless, adjective
unslakable, adjective
unslakeable, adjective
unslaked, adjective
1. satisfy, quench, gratify, relieve. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slake
Historical Examples
  • The slaughter on the field of battle and on the scaffold was not sufficient to slake the public thirst for blood.

  • On arrival at the underwood, all dismount; but only to slake their thirst, as that of their horses.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The water was dead, corrupt, and had been so for the last fortnight; but it was all they had wherewith to slake their thirst.

    Flora Lyndsay Susanna Moodie
  • Blake descended on the other side, to water his horse and slake his own thirst.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • Every here and there by the roadside there are springs of fresh water, where travellers can slake their thirst.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • When they have discovered this, no dangers can deter them from attempting to slake their thirst.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • These may slake slowly in the finished cement and cause such expansion as may destroy the work of which it forms part.

  • But every now and then some man got reckless and said, "I had rather die than not to slake my thirst."

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • His invective culminated in denouncing them as bloodhounds eager to slake their accursed thirst in innocent blood.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • Hence the long search for the cooling spring to slake its burnings.

British Dictionary definitions for slake


(transitive) (literary) to satisfy (thirst, desire, etc)
(transitive) (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
Derived Forms
slakable, slakeable, adjective
slaker, noun
Word Origin
Old English slacian, from slæcslack1; related to Dutch slaken to diminish, Icelandic slaka
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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