lay on

laid on; laying on; lays 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web But for some things, some of the time, the middle lies on shaky ground. The Economist, "Buttonwood Looking at the world through the eyes of options traders," 13 Feb. 2020 The document says a crowd gathered to help the victim, Frankie Beierlein, 36, who was lying on the ground, bleeding from the back of the head. Courtney King,, "OTR bartender recovering after late-night attack on Main Street," 12 Feb. 2020 Itumulria opened the door and saw Whitley lying on the ground. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Assault victim dies in Southwest Alaska village after severe weather delays emergency response," 10 Feb. 2020 Which means a day at work is a doubly disembodied experience for Tasya, whose own body is lying on an operating table, her head covered in a boot-shaped, rather upsetting VR rig. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Possessor': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 The skirmish that had just erupted between the Pacers and Pistons seemed to be winding down and Ron Artest was away from the commotion, lying on the scorer's table at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Reggie Miller can't believe it's been 15 years since the 'Malice at the Palace'," 19 Nov. 2019 The patient receives medications to relieve pain and anxiety, but remains awake throughout, lying on a table in a room called the cardiac catheterization laboratory., "Did Sanders have a heart attack?," 5 Oct. 2019 Turner was later suspended in 2015 for using his Taser on a trespassing suspect five times — twice while the man lay on the ground. Tess Sheets,, "Retired OPD cops with arrest, discipline histories work at schools, hospitals | Special report," 24 Sep. 2019 Thompson, currently rehabbing from knee surgery, is lying on an adjustable table feet up, head down, his left leg encased in a medical device. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "NBA M*A*S*H: Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant check in from rehab," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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17 Feb 2020

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“Lay on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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