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allay

The verb allay is used when you want to make something better or eliminate fears and concerns.

When you allay something, you are calming it or reducing difficulties. It is used commonly in the context of to allay concerns and to comfort and some of its many synonyms are alleviate, decrease, mitigate, assuage and mollify. Allay comes from the Old English word alecgan, which means "to put down," as in literally "to lighten." So, if you can allay someone's fears, you are lightening their mood!

Definitions of allay
  1. verb
    lessen the intensity of or calm
    synonyms: ease, relieve, still
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    types:
    abreact
    discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
    type of:
    comfort, console, solace, soothe
    give moral or emotional strength to
  2. verb
    satisfy (thirst)
    synonyms: assuage, quench, slake
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    type of:
    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
    fill or meet a want or need
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