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Definitions of lie

  1. To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which deceives another. To give the lie, to charge with falsehood. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To rest in a reclining posture; to lean; to press on; to be situated; to be; to abide; to consist; to be sustainable. To lie at the heart, to be fixed as an object of affection or anxiety. To lie by, to rest; to be near. To lie in the way, to lie an obstacle or impediment. To lie hard or heavy, to oppress; to burden. To lie on hand, to remain in possession; to remain unsold. To lie on the hands, to remain unoccupied or unsold. To lie on the head, to be imputed. To lie in wait, to wait for in concealment or in ambush. To lie in one, to be in the power of; to belong to. To lie down, to lay the body on the ground; to go to rest. To lie in, to be in childbed. To lie under, to be subject to; to suffer. To lie on or upon, to be a matter of obligation or duty. To lis with, to lodge or sleep with; to have carnal knowledge of; to belong to. To lie over to remain unpaid, after the time when payment is due. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To speak a falsehood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To rest in a reclining posture: to lean: to press upon: to be situated: to abide: to consist: (law) to be sustainable:-pr.p. lying; pa.t. lay; pa.p. lain, (B.) lien. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To utter falsehood. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To rest in a reclining position; to take such a position; rest or remain; be situated or placed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive: to make a false representation:-pr.p. lying; pa.t. and pa.p. lied. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To rest horizontally, lean, be situated, consist. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To rest or lay oneself down at full length; sleep; lodge; abide. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To utter falsehood; give a deceitful impression. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive; "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position; "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. To state that which is not the truth; to tell a falsehood. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. To rest lengthwise on or against; to press upon; to rest; to remain; to be situated; to sleep; in law, to be sustainable; to be recorded for trial. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Lying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Lain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. position or manner in which something is situated Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. A falsehood uttered or acted for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth; an untruth spoken with the intention to deceive. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A fiction; a fable; an untruth. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Anything which misleads or disappoints. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To rest extended on the ground, a bed, or any support; to be, or to put one's self, in an horizontal position, or nearly so; to be prostate; to be stretched out; -- often with down, when predicated of living creatures; as, the book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies in his coffin. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition; as, to lie waste; to lie fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves; the paper does not lie smooth on the wall. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The position or way in which anything lies; the lay, as of land or country. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A faleshood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Anything meant to deceive: an intentional violation of truth: anything that misleads. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. An intentional falsehood; deception. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. An untruth; falsehood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. A false statement, uttered for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth; a fiction; anything that misleads. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. How a thing lies; position. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. A statement not true; a falsehood. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. In geol., the manner in which strata are disposed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. To be situated; to occupy a certain place; as, Ireland lies west of England; the meadows lie along the river; the ship lay in port. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To lodge; to sleep. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; - with in. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Lied,. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. Lay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for lie

  1. Why should I lie to you, Mr. Seiden? – The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass
  2. Not a lie certainly. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
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