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A person who needs something to drink has thirst.

  • Alberta quenched her thirst with a glass of iced tea.
  • Matthew’s satisfies his thirst with Gatorade.
  • A person who doesn’t get enough to drink will die of thirst (dehydration).
  • Lemonade is a good thirst quencher. (To quench thirst is to satisfy it.)

The word "thirst" is also used when a person has a strong need for an experience:

  • Oscar has a real thirst for knowledge.
  • He thirsts for knowledge. (This sentence uses "thirst" as a verb, which is hard to do but possible.)
  • Olivia has a thirst for adventure.
  • Political candidates may have a thirst for power.
  • People in business might have a thirst for great wealth.

The word "thirsty" is an adjective.

  • The boy was thirsty, so his mother gave him a glass of water.
  • Are you thirsty? Would you like something to drink?
  • People get thirsty quickly when it’s hot outside.
  • I’m thirsty for an ice cold can of Coca Cola.

thirsty guy He’s very thirsty!

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September 20, 2015



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