Definition of lie
(Entry 1 of 4)
b : to assume a horizontal position —often used with down
c archaic : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge
d : to have sexual intercourse —used with with
e : to remain inactive (as in concealment) lie in wait
2 : to be in a helpless or defenseless state the town lay at the mercy of the invaders
3 of an inanimate thing : to be or remain in a flat or horizontal position upon a broad support books lying on the table
4 : to have direction : extend the route lay to the west
5a : to occupy a certain relative place or position hills lie behind us
b : to have a place in relation to something else the real reason lies deeper
c : to have an effect through mere presence, weight, or relative position remorse lay heavily on him
d : to be sustainable or admissible
6 : to remain at anchor or becalmed
7a : to have place : exist the choice lay between fighting or surrendering
8 : remain especially : to remain unused, unsought, or uncared for
1 : to lie prostrate, defeated, or disgraced
2 : to stay in hiding : strive to avoid notice
3 : to bide one's time : remain secretly ready for action
Definition of lie (Entry 2 of 4)
Definition of lie (Entry 3 of 4)
1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive She was lying when she said she didn't break the vase. He lied about his past experience.
2 : to create a false or misleading impression Statistics sometimes lie. The mirror never lies.
: to bring about by telling lies He lied his way out of trouble.
Definition of lie (Entry 4 of 4)
1a : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive He told a lie to avoid punishment.
b : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer the lies we tell ourselves to feel better historical records containing numerous lies
2 : something that misleads or deceives His show of remorse was a lie.
3 : a charge of lying (see lie entry 3)
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