Some worried Petraeus might run in 2012 for president, a fear he worked to allay.
When the imam returned Thursday, he encountered a man who was visibly afraid, and Musri didn't seek to allay his fears.
The fact that the government employee in question is a McKinsey alumnus does not allay any of my concerns.
He wanted to allay suspicion that the Watergate probe was being driven by such an obvious Nixon adversary—when in fact, it was.
The supposedly free market is addicted to the idea that government can and will allay its worries when necessary.
Fomentations are chiefly employed to allay pain or irritation, or to promote suppuration or the healthy action of the parts.
It will be easy to excite passion and difficult to allay it.
This law, however, did not allay the demand for a more stringent restriction of immigration.
He had contributed to raise the storm, but he had not the power to allay it.
But even the war and its result did not allay the bitter feeling.
Old English alecgan "to put down, remit, give up," a Germanic compound (cf. Gothic uslagjan, Old High German irleccan, German erlegen), from a- "down, aside" + lecgan "to lay" (see lay).
Early Middle English pronunciations of -y- and -g- were not always distinct, and the word was confused in Middle English with various senses of Romanic-derived alloy and allege, especially the latter in an obsolete sense of "to lighten," from Latin ad- "to" + levis (see lever).
Amid the overlapping of meanings that thus arose, there was developed a perplexing network of uses of allay and allege, that belong entirely to no one of the original vbs., but combine the senses of two or more of them. [OED]The double -l- is 17c., a mistaken Latinism. Related: Allayed; allaying.