allay

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verb al·lay \a-ˈlā, ə-\

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: before 12th 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 English Language Learners

allay

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verb al·lay \a-ˈlā, ə-\

Definition of allay for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) less severe or strong


ALLAY Defined for Kids

allay

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verb al·lay \ə-ˈlā\

Definition of allay for Students

allayed

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allaying

  1. 1 :  to make less severe allay pain

  2. 2 :  to put to rest allay fears



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