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

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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 Many theaters hired extra security to allay the fears of moviegoers. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?," 22 Oct. 2019 That did nothing to allay concerns that the Republican president has used his office to enrich his business interests. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mulvaney getting second-guessed on his defense of Trump," 21 Oct. 2019 The 49ers’ wide receiver corps was viewed as a potential weakness this offseason and concerns haven’t been allayed after 11 training-camp practices open to the media. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers have two Pro Bowl receivers, but they are coaches Welker and Austin," 9 Aug. 2019 All these worries would be allayed if TikTok turns out to be a passing fad. The Economist, "TikTok’s silly clips raise some serious questions," 7 Nov. 2019 The temporary reprieve did not allay worries about being displaced in an increasingly expensive city. BostonGlobe.com, "The tenants have been told they can apply for the program, called Studio 551, but that the criteria have not been set for residencies that are expected to last from six months to six years.," 7 Nov. 2019 Yet that didn't allay concerns by Donato, the federal judge charged with determining how much PG&E sets aside to cover property and other losses. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Deadline extended for California fire victims to seek compensation," 29 Oct. 2019 Some of those fears were allayed on Friday when a government jobs report showed that employers are still adding jobs at a healthy clip and that the national unemployment rate dropped to a five-decade low. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asian shares rise despite worries on US-China talks," 7 Oct. 2019 Her comments allay months of speculation within City Hall about whether the District 1 supervisor — who represents the Richmond District and other surrounding neighborhoods — would seek another four year term on the Board of Supervisors. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "SF Supervisor Fewer ‘90%’ sure she’s running for re-election in 2020," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

14 Dec 2019

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“Allay.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allays. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for allay

allay

verb
How to pronounce allay (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of allay

formal : 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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