Definition of allay in English:



  • 1 Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry)

    ‘the report attempted to educate the public and allay fears’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even worse, the new security measures are more likely to cause alarm than to allay passengers' fears.’
    • ‘So the industry was co-funding a £7 million research programme to try to allay public fears.’
    • ‘Talk of moderation isn't allaying the fears of environmentalists, who are feeling particularly vulnerable these days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you consider yourself so morally superior, get out there and allay the fears of the ignorant public.’
    • ‘After years of broken promises, public fears must be allayed once and for all.’
    • ‘The President and his family, in an attempt to allay public fears, got shots on prime-time television.’
    • ‘To allay public fears, two meetings will be held at which details of the initial work will be outlined.’
    • ‘If he was worried about making so many changes, his fears were soon allayed by the attitude of the young newcomers.’
    • ‘Fearful of being accused of complacency, they fail to allay public fears and often play up hypothetical risks.’
    • ‘The primary focus was on immediate actions that could allay fears of a nervous public.’
    • ‘When academics try to allay public fears with statistics, we must always ask who funded that research.’
    • ‘And any idea or thought that allays this fear is likely to have a huge influence on human conduct.’
    • ‘There was little the administration could do to confirm the news or allay the fears of the public.’
    • ‘We have already dealt with the worries of local objectors and allayed their fears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr O'Malley moved quickly to allay fears that any recommendations made by the new body would not be accepted.’
    • ‘Education chiefs in York have moved to allay parents' fears about the safety of children travelling to school.’
    • ‘Both Martens and Cocca have found that education generally allays the public's fears.’
    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
    dispel, banish, dismiss, dissipate, drive away, drive off, chase away, put to rest, quell, check, eliminate
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    1. 1.1Relieve or alleviate (pain or hunger)
      ‘some stale figs partly allayed our hunger’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our long association has taught me that confiding in others allays pain.’


Old English ālecgan lay down or aside.