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Definition of "lay" []

  • To cause to lie down: lay a child in its crib. (verb-transitive)
  • To place in or bring to a particular position: lay the cloth over the painting. (verb-transitive)
  • To bury. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be in a particular condition: The remark laid him open to criticism. (verb-transitive)
  • To put or set down: lay new railroad track. (verb-transitive)
  • To put in a low or horizontal position; cause to lie (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To place, put, or be in a particular state or position (verb)
  • To be in a horizontal position; lie (verb)
  • To establish as a basis (verb)
  • To place or dispose in the proper position (verb)
  • To arrange (a table) for eating a meal (verb)
  • To prepare (a fire) for lighting by arranging fuel in the grate (verb)
  • (of birds, esp the domestic hen) to produce (eggs) (verb)
  • To present or put forward (verb)
  • To impute or attribute (verb)
  • To arrange, devise, or prepare (verb)
  • To place, set, or locate (verb)
  • To apply on or as if on a surface (verb)
  • To impose as a penalty or burden (verb)
  • To make (a bet) with (someone) (verb)
  • To cause to settle (verb)
  • To allay; suppress (verb)
  • To bring down forcefully (verb)
  • To have sexual intercourse with (verb)
  • To bet on (a horse) to lose a race (verb)
  • To press down or make smooth (verb)
  • To cut (small trunks or branches of shrubs or trees) halfway through and bend them diagonally to form a hedge (verb)
  • To arrange and twist together (strands) in order to form (a rope, cable, etc) (verb)
  • To apply settings of elevation and training to (a weapon) prior to firing (verb)
  • To put (hounds or other dogs) onto a scent (verb)
  • To plan, scheme, or devise (verb)
  • To move or go, esp into a specified position or direction (verb)
  • The manner or position in which something lies or is placed (noun)
  • A portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition (noun)
  • The amount or direction of hoist in the strands of a rope (noun)

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Use "lay" in a sentence
  • ""Now lay on to his back," sternly vociferated the commander -- "give it to him -- _hard_ -- _lay on harder_.""
  • "One of those ladies died without children, by which means the title lay between the families of Rolle and"
  • "May 23d, 1752, aged thirty-five; and his Lady being then with child, the title lay dormant till she was de - livered of Thomas-James, now seventh Viscount Bulkeley, of Ireland,"