lay-by

noun
\ ˈlā-ˌbī How to pronounce lay-by (audio) \

Definition of lay-by

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : turnout sense 2b
2 : the final operation (such as a last cultivating) in the growing of a field crop

lay by

verb
laid by; laying by; lays by

Definition of lay by (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay aside : discard
2 : to store for future use : save
3 : to cultivate (a crop, such as corn) for the last time

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Examples of lay-by in a Sentence

Verb a politician who had laid by his principles years ago ever since the last hurricane caught them unprepared, they have laid by emergency supplies

First Known Use of lay-by

Noun

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lay-by was in the 15th century

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“Lay-by.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay-by. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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lay-by

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lay-by

British : an area next to a road where vehicles can stop

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