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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 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 ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 allay fears — index disarm (set at ease) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 allay mistrust — index disarm (set at ease) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 allay — verb Allay is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anxiety, ↑concern, ↑fear, ↑suspicion …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 allay — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. lessen; soothe, mitigate, ease; calm. See moderation, relief. Ant., agitate, arouse. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To lessen] Syn. reduce, relieve, alleviate, moderate; see decrease 2 , relieve 2 . 2. [To …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 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

  • 15 allay — al|lay [ ə leı ] verb transitive FORMAL if you allay feelings such as fears, worries, or doubts, you make someone feel less afraid, worried, or full of doubt …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 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

  • 17 allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve —    Alleviate should suggest giving temporary relief without removing the underlying cause of a problem. It is close in meaning to ease, a fact obviously unknown to the writer of this sentence:    ◘ It will ease the transit squeeze, but will not… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 18 allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve —    Alleviate should suggest giving temporary relief without removing the underlying cause of a problem. It is close in meaning to ease, a fact obviously unknown to the writer of this sentence:    ◘ It will ease the transit squeeze, but will not… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 19 allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve —    Alleviate should suggest giving temporary relief without removing the underlying cause of a problem. It is close in meaning to ease, a fact obviously unknown to the writer of this sentence:    ◘ It will ease the transit squeeze, but will not… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 20 allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve —    Alleviate should suggest giving temporary relief without removing the underlying cause of a problem. It is close in meaning to ease, a fact obviously unknown to the writer of this sentence:    ◘ It will ease the transit squeeze, but will not… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word


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