What does allay mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. still, allay, relieve, easeverb

    lessen the intensity of or calm

    "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"

  2. quench, slake, allay, assuageverb

    satisfy (thirst)

    "The cold water quenched his thirst"


  1. allayverb

    To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.

  2. allayverb

    To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.

    to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity

  3. allayverb

    To subside, become peaceful.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Allaynoun

    1.The metal of a baser kind mixed in coins, to harden them, that they may wear less. Gold is allayed with silver and copper, two carats to a pound Troy; silver with copper only, of which eighteen pennyweight is mixed with a pound. Cowel thinks the allay is added, to countervail the charge of coining; which might have been done only by making the coin less.

    Etymology: alloy, Fr.

    For fools are stubborn in their way,
    As coins are harden’d by th’ allay. Hudibras, p. iii. c. 2.

    Dark colours easily suffer a sensible allay, by little scattering light. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    The joy has no allay of jealousy, hope and fear. Wentworth Dillon.

  2. To ALLAYverb

    Etymology: from alloyer, Fr. to mix one metal with another in order to coinage; it is therefore derived by some from à la loi, according to law; the quantity of metals being mixed according to law; by others, from allier, to unite; perhaps from allocare, to put together.

    Being brought into the open air,
    I would allay the burning quality
    Of that fell poison. William Shakespeare, King John.

    No friendly offices shall alter or allay that rancour, that frets in some hellish breasts, which, upon all occasions, will foam out at its foul mouth in slander and invective. South.

    If, by your art, you have
    Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them. William Shakespeare, Tempest.


  1. allay

    To allay means to alleviate, reduce or diminish something, especially a fear, suspicion, or concern, or to restore calm or peace in a stressful situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allayverb

    to make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm; as, to allay popular excitement; to allay the tumult of the passions

  2. Allayverb

    to alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity

  3. Allayverb

    to diminish in strength; to abate; to subside

  4. Allaynoun

    alleviation; abatement; check

  5. Allaynoun


  6. Allayverb

    to mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allay

    al-lā′, v.t. to lighten, relieve: to make quiet or calm.—n. Allay′ment (obs.), state of being allayed: state of rest: that which allays. [M. E. forms, aleggen, aleyen (A.S. a-lecgan; lecgan, causal of licgan, to lie); identical in form, and accordingly confounded in meaning with M. E. words of Latin origin; alegge (later allege, now obs.)—L. alleviāre; alaye (modern allay, alloy)—L. alligāre; aleye (obs.)—L. allegāre; alegge (modern allege)—Low L. ex-litigāre.]

  2. Allay

    an obsolete form of Alloy.

Editors Contribution

  1. ALLAY

    If you allay someone's fears or doubts, you stop them feeling afraid or doubtful.If you allay a strong emotion felt by someone, such as fear or worry, you cause them to feel it less or to feel calm again;if you allay feelings such as fears, worries, or doubts, you make someone feel less afraid, worried, or full of doubt;to make a negative emotion less strong or a problem less difficult;To make less severe or more bearable:alleviate, assuage, comfort, ease, lessen, lighten, mitigate, palliate, relieve. to subdue or reduce in intensity or severity : ALLEVIATE;to make quiet:CALM;help, mollify,soothe;lessen the intensity of or calm:still, relieve;satisfy (thirst),quench, slake, assuage.To make or become calm:balm, becalm, calm (down), lull, quiet, settle, still, tranquilize.relax, smooth,check, moderate, dull, diminish, compose, soften, blunt,appease, quell,pacify,to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; to abate.

    "Amazon has made significant changes to allay workers’ fears that the buildings are unsafe during the covid-19 outbreak. "

    Submitted by anonymous on June 14, 2020  

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  1. Layla

  2. yalla

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allay in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of allay in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Taylor:

    Friendship is the allay of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppressions, the sanctuary to our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds.

  2. New York:

    Who did Senate Republicans call when they couldn't get FBI Director Chris Wray on the phone last week, as they were trying to allay Jeff Flake's fears about the investigation ? Rod Rosenstein.

  3. Jean Lambert:

    The EU has justifiably come under fire for its response to the refugee crisis but today's proposals ... will do nothing to allay this.

  4. Sheila Tate:

    After all, what harm did it do ? people use crutches of various kinds and that seems like one of the least harmful crutches you could use to allay your anxieties.

  5. Sally Satel:

    The non immediacy of it is arguably a benefit, sally Satel don’t want people acting impulsively. That’s why building in a time lag could be advantageous and allay anxiety.

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