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lay - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lay

Definition
(noun) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
Synonyms : ballad

Definition
(noun) a narrative poem of popular origin
Synonyms : ballad

Definition
(verb) put into a certain place or abstract location
Synonyms : place , pose , position , put , set
Example Sentence
  • Put your things here
  • Set the tray down
  • Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
  • Place emphasis on a certain point

Definition
(verb) put in a horizontal position
Synonyms : put down , repose
Example Sentence
  • lay the books on the table
  • lay the patient carefully onto the bed

Definition
(verb) prepare or position for action or operation
Example Sentence
  • lay a fire
  • lay the foundation for a new health care plan

Definition
(verb) lay eggs
Example Sentence
  • This hen doesn't lay

Definition
(verb) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
Example Sentence
  • lay a responsibility on someone

Definition
(adj) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
Synonyms : laic , secular
Example Sentence
  • set his collar in laic rather than clerical position
  • the lay ministry

Definition
(adj) not of or from a profession
Example Sentence
  • a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease

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