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allay

verb [T] uk   /əˈleɪ/ formal us  
If you allay a strong emotion felt by someone, such as fear or worry, you cause them to feel it less or to feel calm again: The government is trying to allay public fears/concern about the spread of the disease.
Translations of “allay”
in Spanish calmar, aliviar…
in French modérer…
in German verringern…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減輕,緩解(擔憂、恐懼等)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减轻,缓解(担忧、恐惧等)…
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