What does allay mean?

Definitions for allayəˈleɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word allay.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. still, allay, relieve, ease(verb)

    lessen the intensity of or calm

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

  2. quench, slake, allay, assuage(verb)

    satisfy (thirst)

    "The cold water quenched his thirst"


  1. allay(Verb)

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

  2. allay(Verb)

    To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.

    to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity

  3. allay(Verb)

    To subside, become peaceful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allay(verb)

    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. Allay(verb)

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

  3. Allay(verb)

    to diminish in strength; to abate; to subside

  4. Allay(noun)

    alleviation; abatement; check

  5. Allay(noun)


  6. Allay(verb)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tim Thomas:

    With EU workers becoming increasingly anxious about the future, many employers are already taking steps to communicate with them and attempt to allay their fears.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of allay

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Translations for allay

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • успокоявам, смекчавам, уталожвам, облекчавамBulgarian
  • utišit, uklidnitCzech
  • taweluWelsh
  • calmar, aliviar, mitigar, aquietarSpanish
  • lieventää, lievittää, vaientaaFinnish
  • bedarenDutch
  • alina, astâmpăraRomanian

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