Definition of 'allay'
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He must act swiftly to allay their concerns. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Either you can allay her fears or she may realise she is being unreasonable. The Sun (2016)The government swiftly denied this but news footage of fighting outside banks has not helped to allay public fears. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My dad would always try to allay my fears, though. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There is an alternative technology that could allay ecological concerns. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The other was to allay public concerns about inflation. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The board also met the three rebel investors yesterday in an effort to allay their concerns. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You may find that you can help to allay her fears. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Yet there was another agreeable alternative to rugby which promised to allay my fear of monotony. Seminary Boy (2006) Fears were allayed just three minutes into the game when a nimble move put the home side ahead. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But the Chinese hope that this visit can help to allay such concerns. Times, Sunday Times (2006)If our suspicions are allayed, then we may move nearer again. Personnel Management: A New Approach (1991)This step should help to allay fears and boost public confidence and take-up of online services. Times, Sunday Times (2006)To allay fears that he might damage historic items, he employed an archaeologist to record any finds. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I knew my job was to allay their fears. FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)There is no doubt that insurance is an invaluable product which can allay financial concerns for patients and their families after a diagnosis of cancer. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In itself, the letter will not stop fanaticism or allay age-old suspicions. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The figures allay fears of low attendances at the London Games. Times, Sunday Times (2011)If it persists, Beijing will help to boost confidence and allay fears of a looming crisis. Times, Sunday Times (2016)On seeing the exhibition my initial fears were allayed simply by the fact that most of the artefacts are much larger than I had imagined. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The concerns were allayed a little by strong UK industrial production numbers for September. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'allay'
British English: allay VERB
If you allay someone's fears or doubts, you stop them feeling afraid or doubtful.
He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.
Definition of allay from the Collins English Dictionary
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