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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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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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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

  • sheʼs 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

  • Iʼll lay five dollars that you canʼt 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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