lie to


lay to; lain to; lying to; lies to

intransitive verb

of a ship
: to stay stationary with head to windward

Examples of lie to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The law would also allow officials to be jailed if they are found lying to the legislature—a change that has the potential to bog Lai’s officials down in court proceedings. Chien-Hua Wan and Debby Wu / Bloomberg, TIME, 21 May 2024 He was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 Cohen also acknowledged lying to federal investigators from special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Graham Kates, CBS News, 16 May 2024 The company was also accused of lying to investigators and withholding footage of the car crash. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Readers Respond The previous question was from a reader who was concerned about being asked to lie to help his relative. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 10 May 2024 Meanwhile, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, after pleading guilty to federal charges that included lying to Congress, campaign-finance violations and tax evasion. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 7 May 2024 The 40-year-old was sentenced in November 2022, nearly a full year after being found guilty of lying to investors to raise money for her blood-testing startup Theranos in January 2022. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2024 Misappropriated funds, lying to a court and going dark on the Florida Bar after a complaint are among reasons six attorneys from Broward and Palm Beach counties made the monthly list of lawyers disciplined by the state Supreme Court. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lie to was in 1711

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“Lie to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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