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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)

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.

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,"