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Allay, vb., 1) trans. a) to abate, mitigate, appease: “appetite, which but to-day with feeding is --d,” Sonn. 56, 3. a. them (the waters), Tp. I, 2, 2. “--ing both their fury and my passion,” I, 2, 392. “a. thy ecstasy,” Merch. III, 2, 112. “to a. the gust he hath in quarrelling,” Tw. I, 3, 32. “a. this thy abortive pride,” H6B IV, 1, 60. “--'d their swelling griefs,” H6C IV, 8, 42. “a. those tongues,” H8 II, 1, 152. Chiefly of fire and heat: “whose heat hath this condition, that nothing can a.” John III, 1, 342. V, 7, 8. H8 I, 1, 149. And tropically: “a. with some cold drops of modesty thy skipping spirit,” Merch. II, 2, 195. “a cup of hot wine with not a drop of --ing Tiber in't,” Cor. II, 1, 53. “to a. my rages with your colder reasons,” V, 3, 85. b) to weaken, to detract from: “I do not like 'But yet', it does a. the good precedence,” Ant. II, 5, 50.
2) intr. to abate, decrease: “when the rage --s, the rain begins,” H6C I, 4, 146. “the heat of his displeasure . . . would scarcely a.” Lr. I, 2, 179.
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