tr.v. al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
1. To calm or pacify (an emotion); set to rest: allayed the fears of the worried citizens.
2. To reduce the intensity of; lessen or relieve: allay the threat of social unrest; allay skin irritation. See Synonyms at relieve.
[Middle English aleien, from Old English ālecgan, to lay aside, lay down : ā-, intensive pref. + lecgan, to lay; see LAY1.]
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