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allay

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Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.
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English

Etymology

From Old English ālecgan (lay down), from Proto-Germanic, corresponding to ā- (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.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to allay

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to allay (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.
    to allay popular excitement
    to allay the tumult of the passions
  2. (transitive) To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.
    to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity

Quotations

He had to pretend to be drunk in order to allay the suspicions which might have been aroused by his appearance at the gate.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in A Study in Scarlet

Synonyms

alleviate; check; repress; assuage; appease; abate; subdue; destroy; compose; soothe; calm; quiet.

References

allay” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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