Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “allay”

See all translations

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)…
(Definition of allay from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of allay?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “allay” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More