verb (1)

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to make a statement one knows to be untrue
  • would I lie to you about that?

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verb (2)

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1 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • the train tracks lie just over that hill

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2 to occupy a place or location
  • I left the book lying on the counter

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3 to remain out of sight
  • paparazzi were lying in wait outside the restaurant, a well-known celebrity hangout

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Synonyms & Antonyms of lie (Entry 3 of 3)

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Frequently Asked Questions About lie

How does the verb lie differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of lie are equivocate, fib, palter, and prevaricate. While all these words mean "to tell an untruth," lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.

lied about where he had been

When could equivocate be used to replace lie?

The words equivocate and lie are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another.

equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors

Where would fib be a reasonable alternative to lie?

While in some cases nearly identical to lie, fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth.

fibbed about the price of the new suit

When is it sensible to use palter instead of lie?

While the synonyms palter and lie are close in meaning, palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises.

a swindler paltering with his investors

How do prevaricate and lie relate to one another?

Prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.

during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate

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

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“Lie.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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