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Definition of "allay" []

  • To reduce the intensity of; relieve: allay back pains. See Synonyms at relieve. (verb-transitive)
  • To calm or pacify; set to rest: allayed the fears of the worried citizens. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "allay" in a sentence
  • "Another fear Obama isn't going to be able to allay is that of the effects of spending a few trillion bucks we don't have: higher taxes, higher national debt, higher inflation ..."
  • "The government has to do something to kind of allay their fears or we'll never get on track, right?"
  • "So for Secretary Rice, it's a very delicate balance to kind of allay European concerns, at the same time, not compromise any U.S. intelligence matters."