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Meaning of ALLAY

Pronunciation:  u'ley

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
  2. [v]  lessen the intensity of; calm; as of anxieties and fears

ALLAY is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: assuage, ease, quench, relieve, slake, still
 See Also: abreact, comfort, console, consume, fill, fulfil, fulfill, have, ingest, meet, satisfy, solace, soothe, take, take in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the
       severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity.
             It would allay the burning quality of that fell
             poison.                               --Shak.
    Syn: To alleviate; check; repress; assuage; appease; abate;
         subdue; destroy; compose; soothe; calm; quiet. See
  2. \Al*lay"\, v. t.
    To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside. ``When the
    rage allays.'' --Shak.
  3. \Al*lay"\, n.
    Alleviation; abatement; check. [Obs.]
  4. \Al*lay"\, n.
    Alloy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  5. \Al*lay"\, v. t.
    To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to
    deteriorate. [Archaic] --Fuller.
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