verb (used with object), laid, laying.
1. to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down: to lay a book on a desk.
2. to knock or beat down, as from an erect position; strike or throw to the ground: One punch laid him low.
3. to put or place in a particular position: The dog laid its ears back.
4. to cause to be in a particular state or condition: Their motives were laid bare.
5. to set, place, or apply (often followed by to or on): to lay hands on a child.
6. to dispose or place in proper position or in an orderly fashion: to lay bricks.
7. to place on, along, or under a surface: to lay a pipeline.
8. to establish as a basis; set up: to lay the foundations for further negotiations.
9. to present or submit for notice or consideration: I laid my case before the commission.
10. to present, bring forward, or make, as a claim or charge.
11. to impute, attribute, or ascribe: to lay blame on the inspector.
12. to bury: They laid him in the old churchyard.
13. to bring forth and deposit (an egg or eggs).
14. to impose as a burden, duty, penalty, or the like: to lay an embargo on oil shipments.
15. to place dinner service on (a table); set.
16. to place on or over a surface, as paint; cover or spread with something else.
17. to devise or arrange, as a plan.
18. to deposit as a wager; bet: He laid $10 on the horse that won the third race.
19. to set (a trap).
20. to place, set, or locate: The scene is laid in France.
21. to smooth down or make even: to lay the nap of cloth.
22. to cause to subside: laying the clouds of dust with a spray of water.
23. Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
24. to bring (a stick, lash, etc.) down, as on a person, in inflicting punishment.
25. to form by twisting strands together, as a rope.
26. Nautical. to move or turn (a sailing vessel) into a certain position or direction.
27. to aim a cannon in a specified direction at a specified elevation.
28. to put (dogs) on a scent.
verb (used without object), laid, laying.
29. to lay eggs.
30. to wager or bet.
31. to apply oneself vigorously.
32. to deal or aim blows vigorously (usually followed by on, at, about, etc.).
33. Nonstandard. lie.
34. South Midland U.S. to plan or scheme (often followed by out).
35. Midland and Southern U.S. (of the wind) to diminish; subside: When the wind lays, it'll rain.
36. Nautical. to take up a specified position, direction, etc.: to lay aloft; to lay close to the wind.
37. the way or position in which a thing is laid or lies: the lay of the land.
38. Slang: Vulgar.
a. a partner in sexual intercourse.
b. an instance of sexual intercourse.
39. Ropemaking. the quality of a fiber rope characterized by the degree of twist, the angles formed by the strands, and the fibers in the strands.
40. Also called lay-up, spread. (in the garment industry) multiple layers of fabric upon which a pattern or guide is placed for production-line cutting.
41. Textiles. batten.
42. a share of the profits or the catch of a whaling or fishing voyage, distributed to officers and crew.
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Can be confused
lie (see usage note at the current entry)
downsize, fire, rightsize, terminate.
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1. deposit. See put.
22. calm, still, quiet.
Origin: before 900; Middle English layen, leggen, Old English lecgan (causative of licgan to lie2); cognate with Dutch leggen, German legen, Old Norse legja, Gothic lagjan
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