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lay

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 to arrange something in a certain spot or position
  • just lay the book over there on the table for now

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2 to cause to come to rest at the bottom (as of a liquid)
  • the rain was just hard enough to lay the dust in the air

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3 to establish or apply as a charge or penalty
  • state officials tried to lay a tax on merchandise sold over the Internet

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4 to make ready in advance
  • she's laying plans for the charity auction months ahead of time

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5 to put a layer of on a surface
  • the mason laid mortar over the first row of bricks before starting the second

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6 to risk (something) on the outcome of an uncertain event
  • I'll lay five dollars that you can't do it

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7 to explain (something) as being the result of something else
  • an electrical fire that was laid to faulty wiring

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8 to place (a dead body) in the earth, a tomb, or the sea
  • lay the corpse to rest

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Synonyms of lay (Entry 2 of 4)

1 a rhythmic series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect
  • the minstrel strummed a cheerful lay on his lute

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2 a short musical composition for the human voice often with instrumental accompaniment
  • she sang a short lay in dedication to her husband

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Synonyms & Antonyms of lay (Entry 3 of 4)

the activity by which one regularly makes a living
  • my main lay is as a general contractor, but I do side work as a carpenter

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The first known use of lay was before the 12th century

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“Lay.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lay. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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