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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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 Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 Aria's body, covered by a sheet, lay on a stretcher. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "After her 13-year-old daughter took her own life, a Minneapolis woman devoted herself to addressing the teen suicide epidemic at its roots.," 31 Jan. 2021 Jackson grabbed his helmet and lay on his back as trainers rushed out to examine him. Ken Belson, New York Times, "When the Removal of 2 N.F.L. Stars From Playoff Games Is Progress," 18 Jan. 2021 Some questioned how much force was used against Floyd, who lay on the ground for more than nine minutes as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck. USA Today, "Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death," 28 Mar. 2021 Protesters have discussed providing refreshments and arranging flowers to lay on Floyd's memorial. Susan Du, Star Tribune, "At George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, trial of Derek Chauvin is an emotional turning point," 3 Mar. 2021 The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office was on hand Tuesday as a body lay on a grassy area next to the intersection. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, "Man struck and killed by city utility truck on the Southeast Side, police say," 18 Mar. 2021 The lion lay on the ground, a noose of thick wire squeezing its lower torso. Nancy Averett, Scientific American, "How Starting Brush Fires Could Save Africa’s Disappearing Lions," 15 Mar. 2021 While his body lay on the ground, a man shot him five times in the head. Washington Post, "The lynching that Black Chattanooga never forgot takes center stage downtown," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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16 Apr 2021

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“Lay on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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