lay on


Definition of lay on

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Synonyms for lay on


apply, lay, spread

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Examples of lay on in a Sentence

she lays the butter on so thickly that you hardly taste the bagel lay on more staff for the busy tourist season in the Lake District

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According to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, hospitals were so overwhelmed that some patients were left lying on the floor untreated. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The violent protests in Iraq, explained," 8 Sep. 2018 Go to Gold Medal Park, which is said to be one of the most underrated spots to watch the fireworks, and offers space to lie on a blanket, toss a football around, and relax during the show. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "10 of the top Fourth of July firework displays across America," 4 July 2018 The three-year old child lay on a blanket on the concrete, under a gap between waist-high tarps. Laura Gault, Teen Vogue, "What Migrant Parents Fear About Family Separation at the Border," 19 June 2018 Days later, Mueller filed 32 charges against Manafort and his business partner for allegedly lying on tax returns and conspiring to commit bank fraud. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Russia Investigation Is Almost Over. Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Dec. 2018 However slippery an ethics slope gene editing may be, lying on consent forms is rarely a good sign. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Legal vs. Illegal Gene Editing: Here's What's Banned, and Why," 4 Dec. 2018 From Sienna Miller’s minimal suede pair from Tkees to Hailey Bieber’s fashion-forward pair, there is something for whatever occasion lies on the road ahead. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Are Slippers the New Hero Gift This Season?," 4 Dec. 2018 Ali Nesa has never known what’s wrong with her teenage daughter, who spends her days in the refugee camp lying on the floor of her family’s thatch hut, unable to talk, walk or eat on her own. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 In particular, seafood dishes from the coastal state of Nayarit, which lies on the Pacific, between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Sarah Fritsche,, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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