Allay Al*lay", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allaying}.] [OE. alaien, aleggen, to lay down, put down, humble, put an end to, AS. [=a]lecgan; [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + lecgan to lay; but confused with old forms of allege, alloy, alegge. See {Lay}.] 1. To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm; as, to allay popular excitement; to allay the tumult of the passions. [1913 Webster]

2. To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity. [1913 Webster]

It would allay the burning quality of that fell poison. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To alleviate; check; repress; assuage; appease; abate; subdue; destroy; compose; soothe; calm; quiet. See {Alleviate}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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