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lay

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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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lay

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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
  • Let's lay the corpse to rest.
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