to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain.
- al·lay·er, noun
- un·al·layed, adjective
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How to use allay in a sentence
To allay such worries in December, Indonesian President Widodo said that he would be first in line to take the vaccine once approved by Indonesian authorities.Data delays aren’t slowing the global rollout of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine | Grady McGregor | January 4, 2021 | Fortune
The only joy is the momentary spasm of sexual gratification; the only happiness that of (temporarily) allayed jealousy.
However, my nervousness was suddenly allayed by a surprising development.James Joyce’s Grandson Stephen and Literature’s Most Tyrannical Estate | Gordon Bowker | June 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ovid looked a bit doubtful, but Scattergood's voice was so interested, so bland, that any suspicion of irony was allayed.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
I no longer indulged the ungracious idea of spiting her against me, and, by degrees, all my other fears were allayed.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
Even then her doubts were allayed by her recognition of certain landmarks which told her she was on the Hertford Road.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
My exasperation with self was by no means allayed when I tripped over a stone and fell my length in a sludgy patch of swamp.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events | S. Baring-Gould
When it was believed that the excitement was allayed another outbreak occurred at Lucknow.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for allay
to relieve (pain, grief, etc) or be relieved
(tr) to reduce (fear, anger, etc)
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