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I have someone who is concerned about my lack of experience on the job I might be hired to do.

How can I reply back saying that I will work hard to "get rid of their concerns" or "make these concerns go away"?


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You will work hard to alleviate their concerns. – Jim Mar 15 at 14:07
Console, condole, soothe, encourage, give solace... – Dan Bron Mar 15 at 14:08
encourage? How would that be used in a sentence? – UnknownSpeaker Mar 15 at 14:11
@Jim: You'd actually be more likely to allay their concerns rather than alleviate them. But I'm surprised to discover how recently both versions have gained traction, particularly bearing in mind that... – FumbleFingers Mar 15 at 14:14
...overall use of alleviate is increasing, whereas relatively speaking, allay is going down the pan – FumbleFingers Mar 15 at 14:15
up vote 9 down vote accepted

You put their minds at rest.

This is a common idiom to suggest that you will prove to them that they need not exercise their minds with worry.

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Also expressed as 'put your minds at ease'. – Egox Mar 15 at 15:02


verb (used with object),

assuaged, assuaging.

to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: "to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain."

to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: "to assuage one's hunger."

to soothe, calm, or mollify: "to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger."

Via dictionary.com Source

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If you added a textual reference to the source of your definition and a link, I would upvote. – bib Mar 15 at 14:20
Thanks for the suggestion bib. I just go that info off of the google search results page. I've cleaned it up and cited the dictionary. – Jonathan Piccirilli Mar 15 at 14:36
+1 Thanks. You might want to check out onelook.com. It's a site that searches a number of online dictionaries, many very good. From that portal, you can view several definitions quickly. – bib Mar 15 at 14:40

If you want to eliminate their concerns rather than merely make them less concerning then I would suggest that you work to Dispel their concerns.

Merriam Webster:

to drive away by or as if by scattering

Example sentences, also from Merriam Webster:

This report should dispel any doubts you have about the plan.

She made an official statement to dispel any rumors about her retirement.

The experience dispelled some of our fears about the process.

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To my ear " allay your fears" sounds like the correct phrase.

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I agree that this phrase is frequently used to express the idea that the poster has in mind. To make your answer more complete and self-contained—and more helpful to readers who may not be well acquainted with the word allay, please consider adding the relevant definition of allay to your answer, citing (and linking, if possible) to a suitable dictionary. – Sven Yargs Mar 17 at 17:50

I think you may convey the idea saying that you will do your utmost:

  • to do something as well as you can by making a ​great ​effort: She did her utmost to ​finish on ​time.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

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This conveys working hard to do something, but doesn't address the part about lessening the concerns they might have. – John Clifford Mar 15 at 14:47
Wow, didn't think I'd ever see this happen Josh but your answer's been flagged as low-quality because of its length and content. Any chance you could edit it to include something about the other part of the question? - From Review – John Clifford Mar 15 at 21:31

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