verb (used with object), laid, laying.
to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down:
to lay a book on a desk.
to knock or beat down, as from an erect position; strike or throw to the ground:
One punch laid him low.
to put or place in a particular position:
The dog laid its ears back.
to cause to be in a particular state or condition:
Their motives were laid bare.
to set, place, or apply (often followed by to or on):
to lay hands on a child.
to dispose or place in proper position or in an orderly fashion:
to lay bricks.
to place on, along, or under a surface:
to lay a pipeline.
to establish as a basis; set up:
to lay the foundations for further negotiations.
to present or submit for notice or consideration:
I laid my case before the commission.
to present, bring forward, or make, as a claim or charge.
to impute, attribute, or ascribe:
to lay blame on the inspector.
They laid him in the old churchyard.
to bring forth and deposit (an egg or eggs).
to impose as a burden, duty, penalty, or the like:
to lay an embargo on oil shipments.
to place dinner service on (a table); set.
to place on or over a surface, as paint; cover or spread with something else.
to devise or arrange, as a plan.
to deposit as a wager; bet:
He laid $10 on the horse that won the third race.
to set (a trap).
to place, set, or locate:
The scene is laid in France.
to smooth down or make even:
to lay the nap of cloth.
to cause to subside:
laying the clouds of dust with a spray of water.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
to bring (a stick, lash, etc.) down, as on a person, in inflicting punishment.
to form by twisting strands together, as a rope.
Nautical. to move or turn (a sailing vessel) into a certain position or direction.
to aim a cannon in a specified direction at a specified elevation.
to put (dogs) on a scent.
verb (used without object), laid, laying.
to lay eggs.
to wager or bet.
to apply oneself vigorously.
to deal or aim blows vigorously (usually followed by on, at, about, etc.).
Nonstandard. 2 .
South Midland U.S. to plan or scheme (often followed by out).
Midland and Southern U.S. (of the wind) to diminish; subside:
When the wind lays, it’ll rain.
Nautical. to take up a specified position, direction, etc.:
to lay aloft; to lay close to the wind.
the way or position in which a thing is laid or lies:
the lay of the land.
Ropemaking. the quality of a fiber rope characterized by the degree of twist, the angles formed by the strands, and the fibers in the strands.
Also called lay-up, spread. (in the garment industry) multiple layers of fabric upon which a pattern or guide is placed for production-line cutting.
Textiles. 3 (defs 1, 2).
a share of the profits or the catch of a whaling or fishing voyage, distributed to officers and crew.
lay back, Slang. to relax.
lay for, Informal. to wait for in order to attack or surprise; lie in wait for:
The police are laying for him.
lay in, to store away for future use:
We laid in a supply of canned goods.
lay into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail:
He laid into the opposition with fiery words.
get laid, Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
lay aboard, Nautical. (formerly, of a fighting ship) to come alongside (another fighting ship) in order to board.
lay about one,
lay a course,
lay close, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to sail close to the wind.
lay it on, to exaggerate in one’s speech or actions, especially to engage in exaggerated flattery or reproof:
She was glad to be told what a splendid person she was, but they didn’t have to lay it on so much.
Also, lay it on thick.
lay low. 1 (defs 50, 51).
lay oneself out, Informal. to try one’s best; make a great effort:
They laid themselves out to see that the reception would be a success.
lay siege to. (def 9).
simple past tense of 2 .
belonging to, pertaining to, or performed by the people or , as distinguished from the clergy:
a lay sermon.
not belonging to, connected with, or proceeding from a profession, especially the law or medicine.
a short narrative or other poem, especially one to be sung.
(on a loom) a movable frame that contains the shuttles, the race plate, and the reed, and that by its oscillating motion beats the filling yarn into place.
any movable part of a loom.
a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
Synonyms: prevarication, falsification.
something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture:
His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
the charge or accusation of telling a lie:
He flung the lie back at his accusers.
verb (used without object), lied, lying.
to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
Synonyms: prevaricate, fib.
to express what is false; convey a false impression.
verb (used with object), lied, lying.
to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively):
to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
give the lie to,
lie in one’s throat / teeth, to lie grossly or maliciously:
If she told you exactly the opposite of what she told me, she must be lying in her teeth.
Also, lie through one’s teeth.
verb (used without object), lay, lain, lying.
to be in a horizontal, recumbent, or prostrate position, as on a bed or the ground; recline.
(of objects) to rest in a horizontal or flat position:
The book lies on the table.
to be or remain in a position or state of inactivity, subjection, restraint, concealment, etc.:
to lie in ambush.
to rest, press, or weigh (usually followed by on or upon):
These things lie upon my mind.
to depend (usually followed by on or upon).
to be placed or situated:
land lying along the coast.
to be stretched out or extended:
the broad plain that lies before us.
to be in or have a specified direction; extend:
The trail from here lies to the west.
to be found or located in a particular area or place:
The fault lies here.
to consist or be grounded (usually followed by in):
The real remedy lies in education.
to be buried in a particular spot:
Their ancestors lie in the family plot.
Law. to be sustainable or admissible, as an action or appeal.
Archaic. to lodge; stay the night; sojourn.
the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies:
the lie of the patio, facing the water.
Synonyms: place, location, site.
the haunt or covert of an animal.
Golf. the position of the ball relative to how easy or how difficult it is to play.
lie down, to assume a horizontal or prostrate position, as for the purpose of resting.
lie over, to be postponed for attention or action at some future time:
The other business on the agenda will have to lie over until the next meeting.
lie down on the job, Informal. to do less than one could or should do; shirk one’s obligations.
lie in state. (def 24).
lie low. 1 (def 51).
lie to, Nautical. (of a ship) to lie comparatively stationary, usually with the head as near the wind as possible.
take lying down, to hear or yield without protest, contradiction, or resistance:
I refuse to take such an insult lying down.
verb (mainly transitive) lays, laying, laid (leɪd)
to put in a low or horizontal position; cause to lie: to lay a cover on a bed
to place, put, or be in a particular state or position: he laid his finger on his lips
(intransitive) (not standard) to be in a horizontal position; lie: he often lays in bed all the morning
(sometimes foll by down) to establish as a basis: to lay a foundation for discussion
to place or dispose in the proper position: to lay a carpet
to arrange (a table) for eating a meal
to prepare (a fire) for lighting by arranging fuel in the grate
(also intransitive) (of birds, esp the domestic hen) to produce (eggs)
to present or put forward: he laid his case before the magistrate
to impute or attribute: all the blame was laid on him
to arrange, devise, or prepare: to lay a trap
to place, set, or locate: the scene is laid in London
to apply on or as if on a surface: to lay a coat of paint
to impose as a penalty or burden: to lay a fine
to make (a bet) with (someone): I lay you five to one on Prince
to cause to settle: to lay the dust
to allay; suppress: to lay a rumour
to bring down forcefully: to lay a whip on someone’s back
(slang) to have sexual intercourse with
(slang) to bet on (a horse) to lose a race
to press down or make smooth: to lay the nap of cloth
to cut (small trunks or branches of shrubs or trees) halfway through and bend them diagonally to form a hedge: to lay a hedge
to arrange and twist together (strands) in order to form (a rope, cable, etc)
(military) to apply settings of elevation and training to (a weapon) prior to firing
(foll by on) (hunting) to put (hounds or other dogs) onto a scent
another word for inlay
(intransitive; often foll by to or out) (dialect or informal) to plan, scheme, or devise
(intransitive) (nautical) to move or go, esp into a specified position or direction: to lay close to the wind
(nautical) lay aboard, (formerly) to move alongside a warship to board it
lay a course
lay bare, to reveal or explain: he laid bare his plans
lay hands on, See hands (sense 12)
lay hold of, to seize or grasp
lay oneself open, to make oneself vulnerable (to criticism, attack, etc): by making such a statement he laid himself open to accusations of favouritism
lay open, to reveal or disclose
lay siege to, to besiege (a city, etc)
the manner or position in which something lies or is placed
a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition
the amount or direction of hoist in the strands of a rope
of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy
nonprofessional or nonspecialist; amateur
a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
a song or melody
the past tense of lie2
verb lies, lying, lied
(intransitive) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
(intransitive) to convey a false impression or practise deception: the camera does not lie
an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
something that is deliberately intended to deceive
give the lie to
verb (intransitive) lies, lying, lay (leɪ), lain (leɪn)
(often foll by down) to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground
to be situated, esp on a horizontal surface: the pencil is lying on the desk, India lies to the south of Russia
to be buried: here lies Jane Brown
(copula) to be and remain (in a particular state or condition): to lie dormant
to stretch or extend: the city lies before us
usually foll by on or upon. to rest or weigh: my sins lie heavily on my mind
(usually foll by in) to exist or consist inherently: strength lies in unity
(foll by with)
(of an action, claim, appeal, etc) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible
(archaic) to stay temporarily
lie in state, See state (sense 13)
the manner, place, or style in which something is situated
the hiding place or lair of an animal
lie of the land
Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)
Old English lecgan “to place on the ground (or other surface),” also “put down (often by striking),” from Proto-Germanic *lagjanan (cf. Old Saxon leggian, Old Norse leggja, Old Frisian ledza, Middle Dutch legghan, Dutch leggen, Old High German lecken, German legen, Gothic lagjan “to lay, put, place”), causative of lie (v.2). As a noun, from 1550s, “act of laying.” Meaning “way in which something is laid” (e.g. lay of the land) first recorded 1819.
Meaning “have sex with” first recorded 1934, in U.S. slang, probably from sense of “deposit” (which was in Old English, as in lay an egg, lay a bet, etc.), perhaps reinforced by to lie with, a phrase frequently met in the Bible. The noun meaning “woman available for sexual intercourse” is attested from 1930, but there are suggestions of it in stage puns from as far back as 1767. To lay for (someone) “await a chance at revenge” is from late 15c.; lay low “stay inconspicuous” is from 1839. To lay (someone) low preserves the secondary Old English sense.
“uneducated; non-clerical,” early 14c., from Old French lai “secular, not of the clergy” (Modern French laïque), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos “of the people,” from laos “people,” of unknown origin. In Middle English, contrasted with learned, a sense revived 1810 for “non-expert.”
“short song,” mid-13c., from Old French lai “song, lyric,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Celtic (cf. Irish laid “song, poem,” Gaelic laoidh “poem, verse, play”) because the earliest verses so called were Arthurian ballads, but OED finds this “out of the question” and prefers a theory which traces it to a Germanic source, cf. Old High German leich “play, melody, song.”
“speak falsely, tell an untruth,” late 12c., from Old English legan, ligan, earlier leogan “deceive, belie, betray” (class II strong verb; past tense leag, past participle logen), from Proto-Germanic *leugan (cf. Old Norse ljuga, Danish lyve, Old Frisian liaga, Old Saxon and Old High German liogan, German lügen, Gothic liugan), from PIE root *leugh- “to tell a lie.”
“rest horizontally,” early 12c., from Old English licgan (class V strong verb; past tense læg, past participle legen) “be situated, reamin; be at rest, lie down,” from Proto-Germanic *legjanan (cf. Old Norse liggja, Old Frisian lidzia, Middle Dutch ligghen, Dutch liggen, Old High German ligen, German liegen, Gothic ligan), from PIE *legh- “to lie, lay” (cf. Hittite laggari “falls, lies,” Greek lekhesthai “to lie down,” Latin lectus “bed,” Old Church Slavonic lego “to lie down,” Lithuanian at-lagai “fallow land,” Old Irish laigim “I lie down,” Irish luighe “couch, grave”). To lie with “have sexual intercourse” is from c.1300, and cf. Old English licgan mid “cohabit with.” To take (something) lying down “passively, submissively” is from 1854.
“an untruth,” Old English lyge “lie, falsehood,” from Proto-Germanic *lugiz (cf. Old Norse lygi, Danish løgn, Old Frisian leyne (fem.), Dutch leugen (fem.), Old High German lugi, German Lüge, Gothic liugn “a lie”), from the root of lie (v.1). To give the lie to “accuse directly of lying” is attested from 1590s. Lie-detector first recorded 1909.
“manner of lying,” 1690s, from lie (v.2). Sense in golf is from 1857.
The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.
the big lie, a pack of lies
an intentional violation of the truth. Lies are emphatically condemned in Scripture (John 8:44; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; Rev. 21:27; 22:15). Mention is made of the lies told by good men, as by Abraham (Gen. 12:12, 13; 20:2), Isaac (26:7), and Jacob (27:24); also by the Hebrew midwives (Ex. 1:15-19), by Michal (1 Sam. 19:14), and by David (1 Sam. 20:6). (See ANANIAS.)
- Lay a batch
verb phrase To leave black rubber marks on the road by accelerating a car rapidly (1940s+ Teenagers)
[ley-uh-bout] /ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. a lazy or idle person; loafer. /ˈleɪəˌbaʊt/ noun 1. a lazy person; loafer verb 2. (preposition, usually intransitive or reflexive) (old-fashioned) to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions n. “habitual loafer,” 1932, from lay (v.) + about. One who “lays about” the house, etc. […]
- Lay a fart
verb phrase (Variations: cut or let or rip may replace lay) To flatulate; fart: This guy laid this terrific fart (1940s+)
- Lay a finger on
Also, put a finger on. Barely touch, as in You’d better not lay a finger on those documents! or If you lay a finger on me, I’ll sue. This expression is nearly always used as a prohibition. [ Mid-1800s ] Also see: put one’s finger on