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Allay appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • We naively allay Levi anew.
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Allay (to lessen; ease; soothe) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb allay

What does allay mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: allayed | allaying | allays

  1. lessen the intensity of or calm
    • example: The good news will allay her
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of allay: ease / relieve / still
    • more generic words: comfort / console / solace / soothe = give moral or emotional strength to
    • more specific word: abreact = discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
  2. satisfy (thirst)

Alternative definition of the verb allay


  1. [transitive] To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.
  2. [transitive] To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.
  3. [intransitive, obsolete] To subside, become peaceful.

Definition of the verb allay for high school students

    to soothe, ease
    • example: The chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech to try to allay investors' fears about an economic downturn.

The verb allay is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Allay

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Google previewA New Law Dictionary (1792)

Intended for General Use as Well as for Gentlemen of the Profession by Richard Burn

ALLAY is a word used for the tempering and mixture of other nietals with silver or gold.

Google previewThe New Universal English Dictionary ... To which is added, a dictionary of cant words ... The fourth edition, carefully corrected by Mr. Buchanan, etc (1760)

by Nathan BAILEY

To ALLAY (from alrajer, F.) to mix one metal with another, in order to coinage; it is therefore derived by some from a la loi, according to la-w; the quantity of metals being mixed according to law z by others from allier, to unite; perhaps from ...

Google previewThe Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, with Large Additions and Improvements, Adapting the Same to the Present State of British Affairs in America Since the Last Treaty of Peace Made in the Year 1763; with Great Variety of New Remarks and Illustrations Incorporated Throughout the Whole: Together with Every Thing Essential that is Contained in Savary's Dictionary: Also, All the Material Laws of Trade and Navigation Relating to These Kingdoms and the Customs and Usages to which All Traders are Subject (1774)

by Malachy Postlethwayt

ALLAY, or ALLOY, a mixture of several metals, or of diverse ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

To Allay, formerly written allegge, as to say was formerly to segge. Two distinct words are confounded in the modern allay, ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

allay (ә-LĀ) vb. This word has two meanings, both having to do with relieving or lessening (something ).

Google previewThe Philosophical Dictionary: Or, The Opinions Of Modern Philosophers On Metaphysical, Moral, And Political Subjects (1786)

In Four Volumes by Franz Xaver Schwediauer

Unlimited TpLERATION, the only true Remedy to allay and correct Fanatical Zeal. The zeal of the Covenanters was, in the po- . litical body, under Charles II. a disease dangerous and inveterate ; and the government had tried every remedy, ...

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What I need to do to heal myself and to be assuring and allay the fears of others and to heal them if they had any heart wounds from something I may have said. (Mel Gibson)
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1A1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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