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Definition of Lay


  1. of Lie, to recline.
  2. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
  3. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
  4. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
  5. The laity; the common people.
  6. A meadow. See Lea.
  7. Faith; creed; religious profession.
  8. A law.
  9. An obligation; a vow.
  10. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
  11. A melody; any musical utterance.
  12. To cause to lie down, to be prostrate, or to lie against something; to put or set down; to deposit; as, to lay a book on the table; to lay a body in the grave; a shower lays the dust.
  13. To place in position; to establish firmly; to arrange with regularity; to dispose in ranks or tiers; as, to lay a corner stone; to lay bricks in a wall; to lay the covers on a table.
  14. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
  15. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
  16. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
  17. To cause to lie dead or dying.
  18. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
  19. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
  20. To apply; to put.
  21. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
  22. To impute; to charge; to allege.
  23. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
  24. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
  25. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
  26. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
  27. To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them; as, to lay a cable or rope.
  28. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
  29. To place (new type) properly in the cases.
  30. To produce and deposit eggs.
  31. To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
  32. To lay a wager; to bet.
  33. That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood.
  34. A wager.
  35. A job, price, or profit.
  36. A share of the proceeds or profits of an enterprise; as, when a man ships for a whaling voyage, he agrees for a certain lay.
  37. A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a).
  38. The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3.
  39. A plan; a scheme.
  40. of Lie

Lay Quotations

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. - David Brinkley
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
Denis Waitley

I don't have time for their judgement and their stupidity and you know they lay down with their ugly wives in front of their ugly children and look at their loser lives and then they look at me and they say, 'I can't process it' well, no, you never will stop trying, just sit back and enjoy the show. You know?
Charlie Sheen

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.
Carl Jung
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Lay Translations

lay in Dutch is neerleggen, leggen, vlijen
lay in French is pondre, pose
lay in German is legen
lay in Italian is posare
lay in Latin is iacio
lay in Norwegian is kvad, legge
lay in Spanish is poner, aovar