transitive verbslaked, slak′ing
- to allay or make (thirst, desire, etc.) less active or intense by satisfying; assuage; satisfy
- to cause (a fire) to die down or go out
- to produce a chemical change in (lime) by combination with water: slaked lime is calcium hydroxide
- Obs. to lessen, reduce, or relieve
- Obs. to lessen the tension of
Origin of slakeMiddle English slakien from Old English slacian from slæc, slack
verbslaked, slak·ing, slakes
- a. To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst.b. Archaic To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: slaking his anger.
- To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
Origin of slakeMiddle English slaken to abate from Old English slacian from slæc slack, sluggish ; see slack 1.
(third-person singular simple present slakes, present participle slaking, simple past and past participle slaked)
- To satisfy (thirst, or other desires); to quench; to extinguish. [from 14th c.]
- To cool (something) with water or another liquid. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
- The lime slakes.
- To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
- to slake lime
From Middle English slaken (“to render slack, to slake"), from Old English sleacian, from sleac (“slack").