V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to lessen the intensity of something; 2. to calm or lay to rest an emotion

Synonyms: mollify, alleviate, sooth, pacify, quiet, ease, calm, reduce, lessen

Antonyms: agitate, heighten, magnify, intensify

Tips: The word allay is often used in reference to fears or suspicions. One would attempt to allay the concerns of an agitated client or the fears of a child.

Usage Examples:

The homeowners' fears were allayed when they heard the fires were extinguished. (eased, calmed)

The Director of Homeland Security is taking measures to allay the people's fear of a future terrorist act. (ease, lessen)

I was nervous walking home alone, but seeing my neighbor quickly allayed my fears. (reduced, alleviated)

Is there anything I can do to allay your concerns about this project? (calm, pacify)

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