Meaning of slake

slake

Pronunciation: (slāk), [key]
— v., slaked, slak•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
  2. to cool or refresh: He slaked his lips with ice.
  3. to make less active, vigorous, intense, etc.: His calm manner slaked their enthusiasm.
  4. to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water. Cf.
  5. to make loose or less tense; slacken.
—v.i.
  1. (of lime) to become slaked.
  2. to become less active, intense, vigorous, etc.; abate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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