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 Galya had also peeled several cloves of garlic, which lay on a saucer beside the bottle and a dish of salt. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The trench was filled with bodies in black plastic bags that lay on top of other victims, who were either wrapped in sheets or nothing at all. James Longman, ABC News, 6 Apr. 2022 His wrist was tightly tied with a zip tie to a black metal folding chair that lay on his back. Taylor Hartz,, 5 Apr. 2022 Nurses wheeled them to operating rooms on steel gurneys, where doctors spent more than an hour using tweezers to pull more shards out of their faces, hands and the buttocks of one man who lay on his stomach clenching his fists. Alan Cullison, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2022 Disgusting is not a strong enough word to lay on these folks' compensation. Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 In the basement, one elderly women lay on a mat on the floor. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 As the suspect lay on the ground, law enforcement used a robot to scan him for explosives, but none were found. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 Now Brandon, not yet out of high school, lay on the ground, bleeding and unresponsive. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Lay on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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