verb (used with object), al·layed, al·lay·ing.
Origin of allay
Examples from the Web for allay
Experts [predict] that over a million people in the region need food aid to allay shortages.
The report calls on the Palestinians to recognize that Israeli security concerns are legitimate and to take steps to allay these.Official Dutch Report Calls for Break with Uncritical Approach to Israel|Willem Aldershoff|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Friday morning, however, we got two pieces of data that should allay those concerns, at least for now.
The fact that the government employee in question is a McKinsey alumnus does not allay any of my concerns.
Your announcement that you will be hosting Avigdor Lieberman in London does nothing to allay our concerns.
The sight he met there did not tend to allay his newborn interest.Hand and Ring|Anna Katharine Green
But Can you allay a gnawing conscience, Or bind up bleeding reputation?Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
We ate fiddle heads, grapes and even the leaves of trees to allay the pangs of hunger.First History of New Brunswick|Peter Fisher
He had to pretend to be drunk in order to allay the suspicions which might have been aroused by his appearance at the gate.A Study In Scarlet|Arthur Conan Doyle
They aimed at a theocratic ministry,--to be the ambassadors of God Almighty,--to allay strife and division.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for allay
Word Origin for allay
Word Origin and History for allay
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.