allay

verb
al·​lay | \ a-ˈlā How to pronounce allay (audio) , ə- \
allayed; allaying; allays

Definition of allay

transitive verb

1 : to subdue or reduce in intensity or severity : alleviate expect a breeze to allay the heat
2 : to make quiet : calm trying to allay their fears

intransitive verb

obsolete : to diminish in strength : subside

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of allay in a Sentence

The new advertising campaign is an attempt to allay the public's concerns about the safety of the company's products. a gentle breeze would allay the heat
Recent Examples on the Web The reality — and this won't allay all those fears — is that there are some Americans who generally view force or political violence undertaken by others as justifiable, depending on the situation. Anthony Salvanto, Kabir Khanna, CBS News, 2 Jan. 2022 Mendelson said at a news conference Monday that his amendments would allay that concern by keeping the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Kingman Park in Ward 7 instead of moving it to Ward 6 as the committee had proposed. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 But Green, like so many in Indiana, had doubts, deep ones, about the vaccine, so strong that even an extensive talk with his doctor could not allay his fears. Shari Rudavsky, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Being able to reassure them that, for example, their pets can’t get COVID, will allay their fears. Marion Hart, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The deal ensures that those customers would have a steady supply of sequencing devices and supplies during a 12-year period, without price hikes, along with other terms meant to allay concerns. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 To allay concerns about possibly profiting off foreign governments, Trump promised to send payments to the U.S. Treasury on earnings from his business annually. Time, 8 Oct. 2021 But Green, like so many in Indiana, had doubts, deep ones, about the vaccine, so strong that even an extensive talk with his doctor could not allay his fears. Shari Rudavsky, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 But Green, like so many in Indiana, had doubts, deep ones, about the vaccine, so strong that even an extensive talk with his doctor could not allay his fears. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of allay

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for allay

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

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The first known use of allay was before the 12th century

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8 Jan 2022

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“Allay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allay. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for allay

allay

verb

English Language Learners Definition of allay

: to make (something) less severe or strong

allay

verb
al·​lay | \ ə-ˈlā How to pronounce allay (audio) \
allayed; allaying

Kids Definition of allay

1 : to make less severe allay pain
2 : to put to rest allay fears

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