What is the meaning of lay?


  • A narrative song with a recurrent refrain.
  • A narrative poem of popular origin.


  • Put into a certain place or abstract location.
    • usage: "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
  • Put in a horizontal position.
    • usage: "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
  • Prepare or position for action or operation.
    • usage: "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  • Lay eggs.
    • usage: "This hen doesn't lay"
  • Impose as a duty, burden, or punishment.
    • usage: "lay a responsibility on someone"
  • Be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position.
  • Be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position.
    • usage: "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf"
  • Originate (in. )
    • usage: "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"
  • Be and remain in a particular state or condition.
    • usage: "lie dormant"
  • Tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive.
    • usage: "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"
  • Have a place in relation to something else.
    • usage: "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"
  • Assume a reclining position.
    • usage: "lie down on the bed until you feel better"


  • Characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy.
    • usage: "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
  • Not of or from a profession.
    • usage: "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
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