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Definition of allay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

allay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they allay
BrE BrE//əˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪ//
 
he / she / it allays
BrE BrE//əˈleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪz//
 
past simple allayed
BrE BrE//əˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪd//
 
past participle allayed
BrE BrE//əˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪd//
 
-ing form allaying
BrE BrE//əˈleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈleɪɪŋ//
 
 
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allay something (formal) to make something, especially a feeling, less strong to allay fears/concern/suspicion Word Origin Old English ālecgan ‘lay down or aside’.Extra examples The government is keen to allay the public’s fears. The inquiry has done little to allay suspicion. To allay suspicion she ate three spoonfuls of the mixture herself.
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