lay-by

noun \ ˈlā-ˌbī \

Definition of lay-by

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

First Known Use of lay-by

1939

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lay by

verb

Definition of lay by

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

Examples of lay by in a Sentence

  1. a politician who had laid by his principles years ago

  2. ever since the last hurricane caught them unprepared, they have laid by emergency supplies

First Known Use of lay by

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LAY-BY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lay-by for English Language Learners

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


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