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al·lay  audio  (-l) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
  1. To reduce the intensity of; relieve: allay back pains. See Synonyms at relieve.
  2. To calm or pacify; set to rest: allayed the fears of the worried citizens.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English aleien, from Old English lecgan, to lay down : -, intensive pref. + lecgan, to lay ; see lay1

OTHER FORMS:
al·layer(Noun)


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