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Definitions of lay

  1. To bring forth or produce eggs; to contrive; to wager. To lay about, to strike or throw the arms on all sides; to act with vigour. To lay at, to strike, or endeavour to strike. To lay in for, to make overtures for; to engage or secure the possession of. To lay on, to strike; to beat; to deal blows with vehemence; to act with vehemence. To lay out, to purpose; to intend; to take measures. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to lie down, to be prostrate, or to lie against something; to put or set down; to deposit; as, to lay a book on the table; to lay a body in the grave; a shower lays the dust. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To place in position; to establish firmly; to arrange with regularity; to dispose in ranks or tiers; as, to lay a corner stone; to lay bricks in a wall; to lay the covers on a table. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To cause to lie dead or dying. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To apply; to put. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To impute; to charge; to allege. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them; as, to lay a cable or rope. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To place (new type) properly in the cases. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A wager. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A job, price, or profit. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A share of the proceeds or profits of an enterprise; as, when a man ships for a whaling voyage, he agrees for a certain lay. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a). Webster Dictionary DB
  24. The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A plan; a scheme. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To put or place; spread over; cause to lie; settle; calm; bring forth and drop, as an egg; wager; deposit; set or form secretly; as, to lay a trap or plot; impose, as a burden; as, to lay a task on someone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. To cause to lie down: to place or set down: to beat down: to spread on a surface: to calm: to appease: to wager: to bring forth: to impose: to charge: to present. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. To place, or cause, to lie down; to calm; wager; produce eggs. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To place; deposit; impose; attribute or ascribe; impute; present. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To make ready, as a table for a meal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. To produce and deposit eggs. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To lay a wager; to bet. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To produce eggs. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. To produce eggs:-pr.p. laying; pa.t. and pa.p. laid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. lay eggs; of female animals; "This hen doesn't lay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. To drop eggs, as fowls. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To put or place; to beat down; to settle, as dust; to place in order; to spread on a surface; to calm; to appease; to spread and set in order; to wager; to bring forth; to impose; to charge; to enjoin; to present; to set; to contrive; to prefer. To lay a cable, to twiat or unite the strands. To lay apart, to put away. To lay aside, to put off or away; to discontinue. To lay away, to put aside for preservation. To lay before, to exhibit. To lay by, to reserve for future use. To lay down, to deposit; to resign; to relinquish; to offer or advance. To lay one's self down, to commit to repose. To lay hold of, to seize; to catch. To lay in, to store; to treasure. To lay on, to apply with force; to inflict. To lay open, to make bare; to uncovor. To lay over, to spread over; to incrust. To lay out, to expend; to plan; to dispose in order; to dress in grave-clothes, and place in a decent posture. To lay to, to charge upon; to impute; to apply with vigour; to check the motion of a ship. To lay together, to collect; to bring to one place. To lay to heart, to permit to affect greatly. To lay under, to subject to. To lay up, to store; to board; to confine to bed; to dismantle and place in dock. To lay siege, to besiege. To lay the course, to sail toward the port intended without tacking. To lay waste, to destroy; to desolate. To lay the land, to cause the land to appear to sink, by sailing from it. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. Of the verb lie, often confounded with the verb lay; it is improper, for example, to say, "He lays in bed too long;" it should be, "He lies in bed too long;" see lie. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. To put or place; to extend, as on the ground; to still; to keep from rising; to impute; to wager; to fix deep; to produce, as eggs; among seamen, to take a position; to come or go, as to lay forward. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. Laying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. lay eggs; "This hen doesn't lay" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. The laity; the common people. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A meadow. See Lea. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. Faith; creed; religious profession. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. A law. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. An obligation; a vow. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. Past tense of the intransitive verb lie. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  53. A simple song or poem. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  54. Pa. t. of LIE, to lay one's self down. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  55. A song: a lyric or narrative poem. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  56. Imp. of LIE, v. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. The manner in which something lies or is placed; a line of work; a layer; a bet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. A song; ballad. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. That which is laid; a layer; the direction in which the strands of a rope are twisted; share of profit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  60. A meadow; a lea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  61. A narrative poem. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  62. That which lies or is laid; a stratum; a layer. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  63. A song; a poem in a simple style; a metrical tale. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  64. The old spelling of lea, which see. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  65. Land under grass; grass or meadow-land. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  66. of Lie Webster Dictionary DB
  67. of Lie, to recline. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  69. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  72. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. A melody; any musical utterance. Webster Dictionary DB
  74. Laic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  75. Pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; not clerical; unprofessional. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  76. Not-clerical; pert. to the people as distinguished from the clergy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  77. Laid. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  78. Did lie. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for lay

  1. And as he lay there a new thought came to him. – The Flag by Homer Greene
  2. Axel cannot move a hand to point, only tell where it lay before, but 'tis not there now. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
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