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Definition of Lie


  1. See Lye.
  2. A falsehood uttered or acted for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth; an untruth spoken with the intention to deceive.
  3. A fiction; a fable; an untruth.
  4. Anything which misleads or disappoints.
  5. To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation.
  6. To rest extended on the ground, a bed, or any support; to be, or to put one's self, in an horizontal position, or nearly so; to be prostate; to be stretched out; -- often with down, when predicated of living creatures; as, the book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies in his coffin.
  7. To be situated; to occupy a certain place; as, Ireland lies west of England; the meadows lie along the river; the ship lay in port.
  8. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition; as, to lie waste; to lie fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves; the paper does not lie smooth on the wall.
  9. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; -- with in.
  10. To lodge; to sleep.
  11. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
  12. To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained.
  13. The position or way in which anything lies; the lay, as of land or country.

Lie Quotations

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Charles Spurgeon
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Charles Spurgeon

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Jimi Hendrix

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
Bo Bennett

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
Roger Ebert

Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated.
Alveda King
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Lie Translations

lie in Dutch is liggen
lie in Finnish is maata, valehdella
lie in Portuguese is mentira
lie in Spanish is mentir, positura, trapacear, mentira
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