slake

[ sleyk ]
/ sleɪk /

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.

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
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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 Formsslakable 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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Word Origin and History for slake

slake


v.

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.

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