(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. lessen; soothe, mitigate, ease; calm. See moderation, relief. Ant., agitate, arouse.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To lessen]
Syn. reduce, relieve, alleviate, moderate; see decrease 2 , relieve 2 .
2. [To soothe]
Syn. mollify, pacify, ease; see quiet 1 .
See Synonym Study at relieve .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[uh LAY]
to quiet, lessen or relieve.
The babysitter hoped a bedtime story would allay the child's fear of the dark.
SYN.: reduce, quiet, lessen, abate, alleviate, mitigate, ease, slake, put to rest, sooth, assauge.
ANT.: magnify, intensify, heighten
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make less severe or more bearable: alleviate, assuage, comfort, ease, lessen, lighten2, mitigate, palliate, relieve. See INCREASE. 2. To make or become calm: balm, becalm, calm (down), lull, quiet, settle, still, tranquilize. See CALM.

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