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allay

soften, assuage: lay to rest or lull into a sense of security: She tried to allay her child’s fears.
Not to be confused with:
alley – a passage, a narrow back street: Our garage is off the back alley.
alloy – a lower-quality metal mixed with a more valuable one; to debase, impair, or adulterate; fusion, blend, composite: Coins are often alloys.
ally – unify, join; a partner, friend, or confederate: Canada was our ally in World War II.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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allay

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

allay

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

vtverringern; doubt, fears, suspicion(weitgehend) zerstreuen
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allay

[əˈleɪ] vt (frm) (fears) → dissipare
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allay

(əˈlei) verb
to make less. He allayed her fears.
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