slake

slake
UK [sleɪk] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "slake":
present tense I/you/we/they slake he/she/it slakes present participle slaking past tense slaked past participle slaked mainly literary
to make someone happy by giving them what they want or need

Nothing will slake the public's appetite for celebrity gossip.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Slake — Slake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slaked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slaking}.] [OE. slaken to render slack, to slake, AS. sleacian, fr. sleac slack. See {Slack}, v. & a.] 1. To allay; to quench; to extinguish; as, to slake thirst. And slake the heavenly fire.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slake — Slake, v. i. 1. To go out; to become extinct. His flame did slake. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. To abate; to become less decided. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To slacken; to become relaxed. When the body s strongest sinews slake. [R.] Sir J.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slake — [sleık] v [T] literary [: Old English; Origin: slacian to slacken , from sleac; SLACK1] 1.) slake your thirst to drink so that you are not thirsty any more 2.) slake a desire/craving etc to satisfy a desire etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slake — [ sleık ] verb transitive MAINLY LITERARY to make someone happy by giving them what they want or need: Nothing will slake the public s appetite for celebrity gossip. slake your thirst to drink until you are no longer thirsty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slake — slake·less; slake; slake·able; …   English syllables

  • slake — index allay, assuage, satisfy (fulfill), soothe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slake — (v.) O.E. slacian slacken an effort, from slæc lax (see SLACK (Cf. slack)). Sense of allay (in reference to thirst, hunger, desire) first recorded early 14c. Related: Slaked; slaking …   Etymology dictionary

  • slake — ► VERB 1) satisfy (a desire, thirst, etc.). 2) combine (quicklime) with water to produce calcium hydroxide. ORIGIN Old English, «become less eager» …   English terms dictionary

  • slake — [slāk] vt. slaked, slaking [ME slakien < OE slacian < slæc, SLACK1] 1. to allay or make (thirst, desire, etc.) less active or intense by satisfying; assuage; satisfy 2. to cause (a fire) to die down or go out 3. to produce a chemical change …   English World dictionary

  • slake — verb (slaked; slaking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English slacian, from sleac slack Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. archaic subside, abate 2. to become slaked ; crumble < l …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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