verb (used with object), al·layed, al·lay·ing.
Origin of allay
Examples from the Web for allayed
The only joy is the momentary spasm of sexual gratification; the only happiness that of (temporarily) allayed jealousy.
Something more than the food he had taken steadied the man's nerves and allayed his thirst.Cast Adrift|T. S. Arthur
And in those eyes now gleamed a light of a vengeance not to be allayed save by a life sacrificed.The Free Lances|Mayne Reid
Thus Dorothy's fear that her mother might disapprove her choice was allayed for the time being.Dorothy|Evelyn Raymond
But even if he escaped unhurt, and the suspicions of his comrades were allayed, what would the Khedive do?Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The feeling against the measure was too strong to be allayed by bribery of a retail kind.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
Word Origin 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.