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Difference between Allay, Alleviate and Assuage

Allay means to make less or to delete altogether.

  • To allay the oil shortage, scientists are developing other fuels.

Alleviate means to relieve something unpleasant or painful.

  • Simple aspirin can quickly alleviate some of your discomfort.

Assuage is similar in meaning but used for unpleasant situations.

  • We tried to assuage the older man’s fear of flying.