Allay

  • 1 Allay — Al*lay , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allaying}.] [OE. alaien, aleggen, to lay down, put down, humble, put an end to, AS. [=a]lecgan; [=a] (cf. Goth. us , G. er , orig. meaning out) + lecgan to lay; but confused with old forms… …

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  • 2 allay — (v.) O.E. alecgan to put down, remit, give up, a Germanic compound (Cf. Goth. uslagjan, O.H.G. irleccan, Ger. erlegen), from a down, aside + lecgan to lay (see LAY (Cf. lay)). Early Middle English pronunciations of y and g were not always… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Allay — Al*lay , v. t. To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside. When the rage allays. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Allay — Al*lay , n. Alleviation; abatement; check. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Allay — Al*lay , n. Alloy. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 Allay — Al*lay , v. t. To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate. [Archaic] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 allay — I verb abate, alleviate, appease, assuage, blunt, calm, cause to be still, cause to subside, check, compose, constrain, control, curb, curtail, deaden, decrease, diminish, dull, hush, lenire, lessen, lighten, lull, minimize, mitigare, mitigate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 allay — *relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate Analogous words: abate, lessen, *decrease, diminish: mollify, *pacify, appease: *moderate, temper Antonyms: intensify Contrasted words: *provoke, excite, stimulate: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 allay — has inflections allays, allayed, allaying …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 allay — [v] reduce something, usually a pain or a problem abate, alleviate, assuage, calm, compose, cool out*, decrease, ease, lessen, lighten, make nice*, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, play up to*, pour oil on*, quiet, square, take the bite out* …

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  • 11 allay — ► VERB 1) diminish or end (fear or concern). 2) alleviate (pain or hunger). ORIGIN Old English, «lay down or aside» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 allay — [a lā′, əlā′] vt. allayed, allaying [ME alaien, alleggen, with confusion of form and meaning of OE alecgan (< a , down + lecgan, to lay) & OFr alegier (<LL alleviare: see ALLEVIATE)] 1. to put (fears, etc.) to rest; quiet; calm 2. to lessen …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 allay — allayer, n. /euh lay /, v.t., allayed, allaying. 1. to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet. 2. to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain. [bef. 1000; ME aleyen, OE alecgan to put down, allay (a A 3 +… …

    Universalium

  • 14 allay — UK [əˈleɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms allay : present tense I/you/we/they allay he/she/it allays present participle allaying past tense allayed past participle allayed formal if you allay feelings such as fears, worries, or doubts, you… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 allay — verb Etymology: Middle English alayen, from Old English ālecgan, from ā (perfective prefix) + lecgan to lay more at abide, lay Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to subdue or reduce in intensity or severity ; …

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  • 16 allay — verb /əˈleɪ,ʌˈle/ a) To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm. to allay popular excitement b) …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 allay — al|lay [əˈleı] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: alecgan, from lecgan; LAY1] allay (sb s) fear/concern/suspicion etc to make someone feel less afraid, worried etc ▪ The president made a statement to allay public anxiety …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 allay — [[t]əle͟ɪ[/t]] allays, allaying, allayed VERB If you allay someone s fears or doubts, you stop them feeling afraid or doubtful. [FORMAL] [V n] He did what he could to allay his wife s myriad fears. Syn: calm …

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  • 19 allay — verb (T) formal allay fear/concern/suspicion to make someone feel less afraid, worried etc: His reassurances did little to allay their fears for Robert s safety …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 allay — al•lay [[t]əˈleɪ[/t]] v. t. 1) to put (fear, doubt, etc.) to rest; calm 2) to lessen: to allay pain[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME aleyen, OE ālecgan to put down, allay (ā a III+lecgan to lay I) al•lay′er, n …

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