- 1Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry): the report attempted to educate the public and allay fearsMore example sentences
- The President and his family, in an attempt to allay public fears, got shots on prime-time television.
- So the industry was co-funding a £7 million research programme to try to allay public fears.
- Fearful of being accused of complacency, they fail to allay public fears and often play up hypothetical risks.
- 1.1Relieve or alleviate (pain or hunger): some stale figs partly allayed our hungerMore example sentences
- Our long association has taught me that confiding in others allays pain.
- It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.
- Rahul did not look at Sanjeet as he wielded the leather crop, but shut his eyes and rolled his head from side to side, slack-mouthed, pain allayed.
Old English ālecgan 'lay down or aside'.