Etymology: Old English alecgan, Älecgan "lay down", from Germanic, corresponding to a-, Ä- "out, aside" + lecgan "lay". Cognate with German erlegen. In Middle English the word was identical to forms of allege and alloy, leading to much overlapping of senses.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity.
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