lie behind

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lie behind

: to be the cause of (something)
  • Greed lies behind the higher prices.

Word by Word Definitions

lie play
  1. : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : rest, recline

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

  2. : the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

  3. : the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) : covert

  1. : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

  1. : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

  2. : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

  3. : something that misleads or deceives

behind play
  1. : in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from

  2. : in, to, or toward the back

  3. : later in time

  1. : in or to a place or situation in back of or to the rear of

  2. used as a function word to indicate something that screens an observer

  3. : following in order

  1. : buttocks


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lie behind? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!