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’
    • ‘If he was worried about making so many changes, his fears were soon allayed by the attitude of the young newcomers.’
    • ‘Even worse, the new security measures are more likely to cause alarm than to allay passengers' fears.’
    • ‘And any idea or thought that allays this fear is likely to have a huge influence on human conduct.’
    • ‘The President and his family, in an attempt to allay public fears, got shots on prime-time television.’
    • ‘Fearful of being accused of complacency, they fail to allay public fears and often play up hypothetical risks.’
    • ‘But Mr Halloways claimed the majority of residents did want the scheme to go ahead and it was hoped they would be able to allay the fears of the rest.’
    • ‘Education chiefs in York have moved to allay parents' fears about the safety of children travelling to school.’
    • ‘After years of broken promises, public fears must be allayed once and for all.’
    • ‘It is at times like this you realise what ministers are there for - to ease panic, to allay public alarm, to stop crises running out of control.’
    • ‘The primary focus was on immediate actions that could allay fears of a nervous public.’
    • ‘We have already dealt with the worries of local objectors and allayed their fears.’
    • ‘Mr O'Malley moved quickly to allay fears that any recommendations made by the new body would not be accepted.’
    • ‘Talk of moderation isn't allaying the fears of environmentalists, who are feeling particularly vulnerable these days.’
    • ‘If you consider yourself so morally superior, get out there and allay the fears of the ignorant public.’
    • ‘There was little the administration could do to confirm the news or allay the fears of the public.’
    • ‘In order to allay public fears, experts have been hired to conduct a study of the cracks and determine whether they will affect the dams.’
    • ‘When academics try to allay public fears with statistics, we must always ask who funded that research.’
    • ‘Both Martens and Cocca have found that education generally allays the public's fears.’
    • ‘So the industry was co-funding a £7 million research programme to try to allay public fears.’
    • ‘To allay public fears, two meetings will be held at which details of the initial work will be outlined.’
    reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen, assuage, alleviate, ease, relieve, soothe, soften, take the edge off, dull, cushion, mollify, moderate, calm, lull, temper, mitigate, palliate, blunt, deaden, abate, tone down
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    1. 1.1 Relieve or alleviate (pain or hunger)
      ‘some stale figs partly allayed our hunger’
      • ‘Our long association has taught me that confiding in others allays pain.’
      • ‘Encased in iron or under glass, such relics were especially esteemed for their power to reverse the course of the body's eventual decay by effecting cures or allaying physical pain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.’
      • ‘Done in moderation it was apparently an indulgence, like chewing gum or tobacco and had possibly developed as a means of allaying hunger in times of famine.’
      alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve, ameliorate, ease, help, soften, lessen, mitigate, attenuate, salve
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Old English ālecgan ‘lay down or aside’.