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slake

[ sleyk ]
/ sleɪk /
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verb (used with object), slaked, slak·ing.
verb (used without object), slaked, slak·ing.
(of lime) to become slaked.
Archaic. to become less active, intense, vigorous, etc.; abate.
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Origin of slake

First recorded before 1000; Middle English slaken, slakken, slake “to loosen, lessen, mitigate, allay, moderate,” Old English slacian, slæcian, sleacian “to slacken, lessen one's efforts,” equivalent to slæc “inactive, careless, languid” + -ian causative verb suffix; see origin at slack1

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British Dictionary definitions for slake

slake
/ (sleɪk) /

verb
(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

Derived forms of slake

slakable or slakeable, adjectiveslaker, noun

Word Origin for slake

Old English slacian, from slæc slack 1; related to Dutch slaken to diminish, Icelandic slaka
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