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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Al·lay v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allayed p. pr. & vb. n. Allaying.]
 1. To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm; as, to allay popular excitement; to allay the tumult of the passions.
 2. To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity.
    It would allay the burning quality of that fell poison.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To alleviate; check; repress; assuage; appease; abate; subdue; destroy; compose; soothe; calm; quiet. See Alleviate.