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Meaning of LAY in English
  1. a narrative poem of popular origin
  2. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  3. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
  4. not of or from a profession
  5. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
  6. put in a horizontal position
  7. lay eggs
  8. put into a certain place or abstract location
  9. prepare or position for action or operation
  10. Of lie
  11. Of lie, to recline.
  12. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
  13. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
  14. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
  15. The laity; the common people.
  16. A meadow. see lea.
  17. Faith; creed; religious profession.
  18. A law.
  19. An obligation; a vow.
  20. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
  21. A melody; any musical utterance.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
  25. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
  26. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
  27. To cause to lie dead or dying.
  28. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
  29. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
  30. To apply; to put.
  31. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
  32. To impute; to charge; to allege.
  33. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
  34. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
  35. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
  36. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
  37. 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.
  38. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
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LAY Sentence, Example and Usage

Examples and usage of LAY in prose and poetry

To better understand the meaning of LAY, certain examples of its usage are presented.Examples from famous English prose on the use of the word LAY

  1. "A single wand lay on a faded purple cushion in the dusty window"

    The word/phrase 'lay' was used by 'J. K. Rowling' in 'Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone'.
  2. "Something fluid and silvery gray went slithering to the floor where it lay in gleaming folds"

    'J. K. Rowling' has used the lay in the novel Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone.
  3. "Harry lay there, lost for words"

    To understand the meaning of lay, please see the following usage by J. K. Rowling in Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone.
Usage of "LAY": Examples from famous English Poetry

  1. "And lay, orestes-like, across the tomb"
    - This term lay was used by Algernon Charles Swinburne in the Poem Ave atque vale.

  2. "Who am mad to lay my spirit prostrate palpably before her—"
    - This term lay was used by Robert Browning in the Poem Earl mertoun's song.

  3. "Dead he lay there in the forest"
    - This term lay was used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Poem The song of hiawatha.

Usage of "LAY" in sentences

  1. "He lay there, snoring and whistling"

  2. "Lay a responsibility on someone"

  3. "His work lay dormant for many years"

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