allay (v.) Old form(s): alay , allayes
subside, abate, diminish, quell
2H6 IV.i.60[Suffolk to Lieutenant] allay this thy abortive pride
3H6 I.iv.146[York to Queen, of the wind] when the rage allays, the rain begins
H8 I.i.149.1[Norfolk to Buckingham] If with the sap of reason you would quench / Or but allay the fire of passion
H8 II.i.152[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of King Henry's command] To stop the rumour and allay those tongues / That durst disperse it
KL I.ii.161[Edmund to Edgar, of Gloucester's anger] with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay
MV II.ii.173[Bassanio to Gratiano] Pray thee take pain / To allay ... / Thy skipping spirit
MV III.ii.111[Portia to herself] O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy
Tem I.ii.2[Miranda to Prospero] If by your art ... you have / Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them
Tem I.ii.393[Ferdinand to himself] This music crept by me upon the waters, / Allaying both their fury and my passion
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