Definition of "lie" []

  • To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal, or recumbent position; recline: He lay under a tree to sleep. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be placed on or supported by a surface that is usually horizontal: Dirty dishes lay on the table. See Usage Note at lay1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be or remain in a specified condition: The dust has lain undisturbed for years. He lay sick in bed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To exist; reside: Our sympathies lie with the plaintiff. (verb-intransitive)
  • To consist or have as a basis. Often used with in: The strength of his performance lies in his training. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive (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 convey a false impression or practise deception (verb)
  • An untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead (noun)
  • Something that is deliberately intended to deceive (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lie" in a sentence
  • "They learnt to lie, and they grew to appreciate the beauty of a lie…."
  • "’ If again, it was not well cut, he would answer, I spake not true: this is called the ‘reproof valiant: ’ if again, it was not well cut, he would say, I lie: this is called the ‘countercheck quarrelsome’: and so to the ‘lie circumstantial, ’ and the ‘lie direct."
  • ""Laddie lie near me," must _lie by me_ for some time."