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Verb: lay (laid)  ley
  1. Cause to have a certain (possibly abstract) location
    "lay your things here";
    - put, set, place, pose, position
  2. Put in a horizontal position
    "lay the patient carefully onto the bed";
    - put down, repose
  3. Prepare or position for action or operation
    "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  4. Produce and deposit (an egg or eggs)
    "This hen doesn't lay"
  5. Impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    "lay a responsibility on someone"
  6. [vulgar] Have sexual intercourse
    - sleep together, love, make love, sleep with, have sex, know [archaic], do it [informal], be intimate, have intercourse, lie with [archaic], bed [informal], get it on [informal]
Noun: lay  ley
  1. Position or manner in which something is situated
    - lie
  2. A narrative song with a recurrent refrain
    - ballad
  3. A narrative poem of popular origin
    - ballad
  4. [vulgar] Slang for sexual intercourse
    - rumpy-pumpy [informal]
Adjective: lay  ley
  1. Characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
    "the lay ministry";
    - laic, secular
  2. Not of or from a profession
    "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
Verb: lie (lay,lain,lying,lies)  lI
  1. Be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  2. Be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
    "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf"
  3. Originate (in)
    "The problems lie in the social injustices in this country";
    - dwell, consist, lie in
  4. Be and remain in a particular state or condition
    "lie dormant"
  5. Have a place in relation to something else
    "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West";
    - rest
  6. Assume a reclining position
    "lie down on the bed until you feel better";
    - lie down

Sounds like: lax, lacks, l, lay or

Derived forms: laying, laid, lays

See also: apply, build on, imprison, land, nonprofessional, pass along, profane, put back, put up, secular, set back, table [N. Amer], tack together

Type of: be, carnal knowledge, change posture, coition, coitus, copulate, copulation, couple, devise, displace, exist, get up, impose, intercourse, levy, machinate, mate, move, organise [Brit], organize, pair, place, poem, position, prepare, relation, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation, song, verse form, vocal

Antonym: rise, sit, stand

Encyclopedia: Lay, Kansas

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