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 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)
“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.)
[lahy-ing-in] /ˈlaɪ ɪŋˈɪn/ noun, plural lyings-in, lying-ins. 1. the state of being in childbed; confinement. adjective 2. pertaining to or providing facilities for childbirth: a lying-in hospital. noun (pl) lyings-in 1. lying-in ly·ing-in (lī’ĭng-ĭn’) n. pl. ly·ings-in (lī’ĭngz-) or ly·ing-ins A state attending childbirth. adj. Of or intended for use during childbirth.
/ˈlaɪkˌweɪk/ noun 1. (Brit) a watch held over a dead person, often with festivities
chat Love you like a fat kid loves cake. (2006-12-12)
[lil-ee] /ˈlɪl i/ noun 1. John, 1554?–1606, English writer of romances and plays. /ˈlɪlɪ/ noun 1. John. ?1554–1606, English dramatist and novelist, noted for his two romances, Euphues, or the Anatomy of Wit (1578) and Euphues and his England (1580), written in an elaborate style See also euphuism