lay about one Definition
verb laid, laying
- 1. To place something on a surface, especially in a lying or horizontal position.
- Example: laid the letter on the table
- Thesaurus: put, place, set, deposit.
- Example: laid her hand on his arm
- Example: lay plans
- Thesaurus: order, arrange, organize, systematize.
5. To prepare (a fire) by putting coal, etc in the grate.
tr & intr
6. Said of a female bird: to produce (eggs).
- Thesaurus: deposit, yield, generate, have, bear.
- Example: laid his case before the court
- Example: laid the ground rules
- Example: lay a fear
- To place (a bet).
- Example: I'll lay 20 quid you can't eat the whole plateful
- To have sexual intercourse with someone, especially a woman.
- 1. The way or position in which something is lying.
- Example: the lay of the surrounding countryside
- A partner in sexual intercourse;
- An act of sexual intercourse.
To succeed in having sexual intercourse.
- To strike blows in all directions.
- To reveal or explain (a plan or intention that has been kept secret).
- To dictate in a forceful and domineering way.
- To surrender or call a truce.
To exaggerate, especially in connection with flattery, praise, etc.
- To overthrow, fell or kill.
To succeed in getting hold of them or it.
- To expose oneself to criticism or attack.
- To assign or attribute it to them.
- Example: laid the blame on his friends
To give it to them, especially unexpectedly or without payment.
- Said of an illness: to affect them severely.
- To uncover or reveal it.
- To cut it open.
- To bury (a dead body).
- To destroy or devastate completely.
Phrasal Verb: lay something aside
- To put it to one side, especially for later use or treatment.To discard or abandon it.
- To put it away for future use.
- To put it on the ground or some other surface.To give it as a deposit, pledge, etc.To give up or sacrifice.
- Example: lay down one's life
- Example: lay down a plan
- Example: laid down ten tracks in only three days
- To get and store a supply of it.
- To attack or scold them severely.
- To eat it quickly and with enthusiasm.
- To dismiss (an employee) when there is no work available. See also lay-off.
- To stop it.
- To leave them alone.
- To provide a supply of it.
- To knock them unconscious.To prepare (a dead body) for burial.
- To plan and arrange (especially land or natural features).To spread it out or display it.To spend it. See also layout.
- To force them to stay in bed or at home.
- To keep or store it.
- Example: laid up some of her delicious jam
- ○ These two verbs are commonly confused ― even by native speakers ― because their meanings are close and their forms overlap, since lay is also the past of lie:
- ○ Another cause of confusion is the closeness in form of laid and lain, and the fact that laid is the past and past participle of lay; but lain is only the past participle of lie: