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tr.v. quenched, quench·ing, quench·es
1. To put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.
2. To suppress; squelch: The disapproval of my colleagues quenched my enthusiasm for the plan.
3. To slake; satisfy: Mineral water quenched our thirst.
4. To cool (hot metal) by thrusting into water or other liquid.
[Middle English quenchen, from Old English -cwencan (in ācwencan, to quench).]
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|Noun||1.||quenching - the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the extinction of the lights"|
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