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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In an Instagram carousel of 3 moody, black-and-white images, Selena is seen peeking over her shoulder in white top, looking through a magnifying glass, and lying on a bed half covered in shadow. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019 Zahara and the rest of the group ran to a cluster of thick, felled bamboo trees and lay on top of them. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Where the Earth Became a River: Indonesia Quake Liquefied Solid Ground," 5 Oct. 2018 While Elton John appeared on video to pay tribute to Sheeran ahead of him claiming the global success award, an orange Lamborghini in a perspex box was wheeled onto the stage with Kendrick Lamar lying on top. Phil Boucher,, "Ed Sheeran Dancing, a Smashed Lambo & 50 Santas: What You Didn't See at the 2018 BRIT Awards," 21 Feb. 2018 There shouldn’t be any shrimp lying on top of one another. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Not Overcook (or Undercook) Your Shrimp," 14 May 2018 Making love while lying on my back with my husband on top is familiar and comfortable. Lynn Peters, Redbook, "Why Missionary Is the Best Sex Position of All Time," 18 Aug. 2017 Have your partner lie on top of you, with his pelvis directly over yours. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Tips for a Better Orgasm," 18 July 2017 Despite sweet, sweet Fred appearing in a vision to try and persuade him otherwise, Archie smashes his own head in with the bat, and moments later some park rangers bust into the cabin to find a very dead-looking Archie lying on his bed. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Just Came Dangerously Close to Killing Archie," 17 Jan. 2019 The lawsuit alleges Angley made Miller lie on a bed while the televangelist massaged him. Fox News, "Former pastor claims sex abuse against televangelist," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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