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English definition of “allay”

allay

verb [T]     /əˈleɪ/ formal
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.Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of allay verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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