- To make (a feeling or fear) less intense; to calm or pacify.
- To reduce or remove (a concern or doubt).
Middle english (in the sense "make less severe"): from old french alaier, from a- (from latin ad "to") + laier "to lessen".
- The news of her recovery allayed our fears for her safety.
- The painkiller will allay the headache.
- He allayed her concerns by assuring her that everything would be fine.
- The explanation allayed my confusion about the topic.
- He tried to allay the tension with a joke.