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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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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As both were lying on the ground, Sims is accused of shooting Miller in the back of his head and Johnson in the face before walking away. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan murder suspect is on FBI's 10 most wanted list," 27 June 2018 The man told police he was seated in a vehicle when someone approached and ordered him to get out and lay on the ground. Deanese Williams-harris,, "1 dead, 4 wounded in South Side shootings Thursday," 12 July 2018 Officers found Gemino lying on the ground with head trauma, court records say. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Family, friends left wondering how longtime relationship turned deadly for Walmart employee," 12 July 2018 Miami Beach officers found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from his left arm. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 Deputies found Joseph Hamilton, 36, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound. David Harris,, "Man shot cousin to death after argument over vehicle parts, affidavit says," 29 June 2018 Teachers called police and an ambulance after spotting the suspect in the school yard and the guard lying on the ground, Iino said. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Man kills policeman, guard in attacks near school in Japan," 26 June 2018 In the latest incident, body-camera video from one officer shows him running up to the boy and a 16-year-old girl lying on the ground with their hands spread. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Teen's arrest prompts new use-of-force investigation for Mesa police," 8 June 2018 The Casper mattress and all of its fluffy fittings did feel like lying on some ergonomically-correct cloud. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Paid $25 For a 45-Minute Nap at NYC’s New Sleep Store—and Yes, It Was Dreamy," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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to reject or criticize sharply

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