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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To calm, mitigate, or reduce the intensity of.

Usage examples (36)
  • Grandma's singing could always allay my childhood fears.
  • Another fear Obama isn't going to be able to allay is that of the effects of spending a few trillion bucks we don't have: higher taxes, higher national debt, higher...
  • Now all of this is to kind of allay fears that have arisen here, and there's good reason for that.
  • The government has to do something to kind of allay their fears or we'll never get on track, right? for more
Tutoring comment
  • It can be difficult to "allay" (calm or relieve) your fears when you're walking alone in a dark "alley" (narrow outdoor passageway).
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