lay on

verb
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of lay on

transitive verb
1 a :to apply by or as if by spreading on a surface
  • laying it on thick
b :provide, arrange
  • food laid on in abundance
c :hand out
  • laid on awards
2 chiefly British :hire
intransitive verb

Examples of lay on in a Sentence

  1. she lays the butter on so thickly that you hardly taste the bagel

  2. lay on more staff for the busy tourist season in the Lake District

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First Known Use of lay on

1600

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