What does the word allay mean?

Usage examples for allay

  1. The horses which he had purchased in a dozen different places in the course of the summer were not such as to allay the trepidation of timid travelers. – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  2. In a courteous and pleasing introduction he strove to allay their excited feelings and to win for himself a hearing. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  3. Why the two girls chose to travel to the right along the break, they could not have told, nor why they traveled at all, unless because motion quieted their nerves and served to allay their fears. – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell