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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

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
H. L. Mencken

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Winston Churchill

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

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

Little white lies are part of everyday life. If you're in court being charged with a felony, you're probably going to be tempted to lie. Or if your girlfriend asks you if the sweater she is wearing makes her look fat; you're going to lie because you love that person. There are different reasons and justifications to lie; it's human nature.
Monica Raymund
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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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