lay on

verb
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 Officers responding to a report around 11:50 p.m. found the woman lying on the side of the road near Mile 93 of the highway, Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman struck by semi as she crossed Seward Highway near Girdwood," 10 Sep. 2019 Police found Kelly on the side of the road after a passerby called to say that a man was lying on the ground. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County Police identify man shot in Milford Mill," 9 Sep. 2019 Photos shared to Twitter show the boat lying on its side as plumes of smoke pour out of its sides. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "4 Crew Members Missing After Cargo Vessel Overturns and Catches Fire Near Georgia Coast," 8 Sep. 2019 Poyer’s dragon, an avatar of Satan, is shown lying on its side in the foreground of the strikingly realistic painting with its gut ripped open, dribbling gore on the floor of a castle keep. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 Between the two houses, a cluster of traffic cones was scattered, one lying on its side; behind them, a pile of muddy gravel assumed a Vesuvian shape. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 The challenges shouldn’t lie on the offensive side of the ball where the Wolverines return nine starters. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football preview: Clear Brook powered by potent offensive attack," 8 Aug. 2019 The animal lies on its side with its mouth open, no doubt emitting one final squeal. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019 With Perez and Rondon gone, more responsibility will lie on Almiron's shoulders to produce in the final third. SI.com, "Newcastle 2019/20 Season: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man and Predictions," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lay on

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of lay on was in 1600

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