verb (used with object), slaked, slak·ing.
verb (used without object), slaked, slak·ing.
Origin of slake
Examples from the Web for slake
"Only for two days," said Charlotte, trying to slake the flame she had raised.Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2)|Samuel Lover
Possibly the sailor–like individual in the small boat could slake his thirst for knowledge.The Message|Louis Tracy
Thousands of hands are stretched forth to grasp those apples of Tantalus, but whose thirst did they ever slake?The Village Notary|Jzsef Etvs
There were no trees to give the men shade, or springs to slake their thirst.A Soldier's Life|Edwin G. Rundle
The sweat of our brows no longer suffices to slake their thirst.
Word Origin 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.