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allay Line breaks: allay
Pronunciation: /əˈleɪ/

Definition of allay in English:


[with object]
1Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry): the report attempted to educate the public and allay fears
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  • 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.
dispel, banish, dismiss, dissipate, drive away, drive off, chase away, put to rest, quell, check, eliminate
rare lenify
1.1Relieve or alleviate (pain or hunger): some stale figs partly allayed our hunger
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  • 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'.

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