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English Dictionary: allay by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
allay
v
  1. lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
    Synonym(s): still, allay, relieve, ease
  2. satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
    Synonym(s): quench, slake, allay, assuage
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Allay \Al*lay"\, n.
      Alleviation; abatement; check. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Allay \Al*lay"\, n.
      Alloy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Allay \Al*lay"\, v. t.
      To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to
      deteriorate. [Archaic] --Fuller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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. [be]lecgan; [be]- (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
               {Alleviate}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Allay \Al*lay"\, v. t.
      To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside. [bd]When the
      rage allays.[b8] --Shak.
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