Allay definition

ə-lā
To reduce the intensity of; lessen or relieve.

Allay the threat of social unrest; allay skin irritation.

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To lessen, relieve, or alleviate (pain, grief, etc.)
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To calm or pacify (an emotion); set to rest.

Allayed the fears of the worried citizens.

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To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.

To allay popular excitement.

To allay the tumult of the passions.

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To allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity.

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Shakespeare.

When the rage allays.

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(archaic) To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate.

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The definition of allay means to make better or decrease something that is unpleasant.

An example of something that allays pain is morphine.

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To put (fears, etc.) to rest; quiet; calm.
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Allay is defined as to settle or calm someone or something.

An example of a way to allay fear is to face what you are afraid of.

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Origin of allay

  • Middle English aleien from Old English ālecgan to lay aside, lay down ā- intensive pref. lecgan to lay lay1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English alayen, aleyen, aleggen, from Old English ālecgan (“to put, place, lay down, lay aside, throw down, give up, cease from, abandon; put down, allay, suppress, abolish, conquer, destroy, overcome, refute; lay upon, inflict, impose upon; diminish, take away, refuse, lessen, withhold”), from Proto-Germanic *uzlagjaną (“to lay down”), equivalent to a- +‎ lay. Cognate with German erlegen (“to impose, cause to succumb, kill”), Gothic [script?] (uslagjan, “to lay down”). In Middle English the word was identical to forms of allege and alloy, leading to much overlapping of senses. [script?]

    From Wiktionary