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allay

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verb al·lay \a-ˈlā, ə-\

Simple Definition of allay

  • : to make (something) less severe or strong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of allay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to subdue or reduce in intensity or severity :  alleviate <expect a breeze to allay the heat>

  3. 2 :  to make quiet :  calm <trying to allay their fears>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. obsolete :  to diminish in strength :  subside

Examples of allay in a sentence

  1. The new advertising campaign is an attempt to allay the public's concerns about the safety of the company's products.

  2. <a gentle breeze would allay the heat>



Origin and Etymology of allay

Middle English alayen, from Old English ālecgan, from ā- (perfective prefix) + lecgan to lay — more at abide, lay


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of allay

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable <took an aspirin to relieve the pain>. alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress <the lotion alleviated the itching>. lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight <good news would lighten our worries>. assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable <ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat>. mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful <the need to mitigate barbaric laws>. allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms <allayed their fears>.

ALLAY Defined for Kids

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verb al·lay \ə-ˈlā\

Definition of allay for Students

allayed

allaying

  1. 1 :  to make less severe <allay pain>

  2. 2 :  to put to rest <allay fears>





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