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al·lay

 (ə-lā′)
tr.v. al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
1. To calm or pacify (an emotion); set to rest: allayed the fears of the worried citizens.
2. To reduce the intensity of; lessen or relieve: allay the threat of social unrest; allay skin irritation. See Synonyms at relieve.

[Middle English aleien, from Old English ālecgan, to lay aside, lay down : ā-, intensive pref. + lecgan, to lay; see lay1.]

al·lay′er n.

allay

(əˈleɪ)
vb
1. to relieve (pain, grief, etc) or be relieved
2. (tr) to reduce (fear, anger, etc)
[Old English ālecgan to put down, from lecgan to lay1]

al•lay

(əˈleɪ)

v.t.
1. to put (fear, doubt, etc.) to rest; calm.
2. to lessen: to allay pain.
[before 1000; Middle English aleyen, Old English ālecgan to put down, allay (ā- a-3 + lecgan to lay1)]
al•lay′er, n.

allay


Past participle: allayed
Gerund: allaying

Imperative
allay
allay
Present
I allay
you allay
he/she/it allays
we allay
you allay
they allay
Preterite
I allayed
you allayed
he/she/it allayed
we allayed
you allayed
they allayed
Present Continuous
I am allaying
you are allaying
he/she/it is allaying
we are allaying
you are allaying
they are allaying
Present Perfect
I have allayed
you have allayed
he/she/it has allayed
we have allayed
you have allayed
they have allayed
Past Continuous
I was allaying
you were allaying
he/she/it was allaying
we were allaying
you were allaying
they were allaying
Past Perfect
I had allayed
you had allayed
he/she/it had allayed
we had allayed
you had allayed
they had allayed
Future
I will allay
you will allay
he/she/it will allay
we will allay
you will allay
they will allay
Future Perfect
I will have allayed
you will have allayed
he/she/it will have allayed
we will have allayed
you will have allayed
they will have allayed
Future Continuous
I will be allaying
you will be allaying
he/she/it will be allaying
we will be allaying
you will be allaying
they will be allaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been allaying
you have been allaying
he/she/it has been allaying
we have been allaying
you have been allaying
they have been allaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been allaying
you will have been allaying
he/she/it will have been allaying
we will have been allaying
you will have been allaying
they will have been allaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been allaying
you had been allaying
he/she/it had been allaying
we had been allaying
you had been allaying
they had been allaying
Conditional
I would allay
you would allay
he/she/it would allay
we would allay
you would allay
they would allay
Past Conditional
I would have allayed
you would have allayed
he/she/it would have allayed
we would have allayed
you would have allayed
they would have allayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.allay - lessen the intensity of or calmallay - lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
comfort, console, solace, soothe - give moral or emotional strength to
abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
2.allay - satisfy (thirst)allay - satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
fulfil, fulfill, satisfy, meet, fill - fill or meet a want or need

allay

verb reduce, quiet, relax, ease, calm, smooth, relieve, check, moderate, dull, diminish, compose, soften, blunt, soothe, subdue, lessen, alleviate, appease, quell, mitigate, assuage, pacify, mollify He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.

allay

verb
1. To make less severe or more bearable:
2. To make or become calm:
Translations
يُهَدِّئ ، يُبَدِّد (المَخاوِف)
utišitzmírnit
beroligedæmpe
sefa, draga úr
nuraminti
mazinātvājināt
yatıştırmak

allay

[əˈleɪ] VT [+ fears] → aquietar, calmar; [+ doubts] → despejar; [+ pain] → aliviar

allay

[əˈleɪ] vt [+ fears, concerns] → apaiser, calmer; [+ suspicions] → dissiper; [+ anxiety] → calmerall clear n
(after attack, air raid)fin f d'alerte
(fig) (= go-ahead) to give sb the all clear → donner le feu vert à qn
to get the all clear → recevoir le feu vert

allay

vtverringern; doubt, fears, suspicion(weitgehend) zerstreuen

allay

[əˈleɪ] vt (frm) (fears) → dissipare

allay

(əˈlei) verb
to make less. He allayed her fears.
References in classic literature ?
She was bien souffrante, and she was filled with vague dread, which only her husband's presence could allay.
But it was especially the aspect of the three chief officers of the ship, the mates, which was most forcibly calculated to allay these colorless misgivings, and induce confidence and cheerfulness in every presentment of the voyage.
Sam, with frantic ejaculations, made a dive at the reins, but only succeeded in brushing the blazing palm-leaf afore-named into the horse's eyes, which by no means tended to allay the confusion of his nerves.
Not more than a drought of St Dunstan's fountain will allay,'' answered the priest; ``something there is of a whizzing in my brain, and of instability in my legs, but you shall presently see both pass away.
The chamber rang with applause and as there was nothing better to do than to allay the fears of the people by our example we went our ways with smiles upon our faces and sorrow gnawing at our hearts.
Occasionally Akut brought him juicy fruits which helped to slake his thirst and allay his fever, and little by little his powerful constitution overcame the effects of the spear thrusts.
To allay it, I shall today search the entire ship carefully from stem to stern.
There is one thing," I said, to allay the fears I had aroused; "they are the most sluggish things I ever saw crawl.
Still, she felt her pulse, and finding it throb violently she remembered that the best method of dispelling such illusions was to drink, for a draught of the beverage prepared by the doctor to allay her fever seemed to cause a reaction of the brain, and for a short time she suffered less.
As if to allay their too sanguine hopes, they recurred to the Indian traditions that a spirit kept watch about the gem, and bewildered those who sought it either by removing it from peak to peak of the higher hills, or by calling up a mist from the enchanted lake over which it hung.
It was not until noon that Captain Bonneville reached the banks of the Seeds-ke-dee, or Colorado of the West; in the meantime, the sufferings of both men and horses had been excessive, and it was with almost frantic eagerness that they hurried to allay their burning thirst in the limpid current of the river.
Now you have excited my curiosity to a degree that is painfully unpleasant," said Delafield, "I know you to be too generous not to allay it"--