HyperDic: lay

English > 9 senses of the word lay:
VERBcontactlay, put, set, place, pose, positionput into a certain place or abstract location
contactlay, put down, reposeput in a horizontal position
creationlayprepare or position for action or operation
contactlaylay eggs
possessionlayimpose as a duty, burden, or punishment
ADJECTIVEalllay, laic, secularcharacteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
alllaynot of or from a profession
NOUNcommunicationlay, ballada narrative song with a recurrent refrain
communicationlay, ballada narrative poem of popular origin
lay > pronunciation
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English > lay: 9 senses > adjective 1
MeaningCharacteristic of those who are not members of the clergy.
Example "the lay ministry"
Synonymslaic, secular
Broaderprofane, secularnot concerned with or devoted to religion
Nounslaityin Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
English > lay: 9 senses > adjective 2
Meaningnot of or from a profession.
Example"a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
Broadernonprofessionalnot professional
English > lay: 9 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningA narrative song with a recurrent refrain.
Synonymballad
Narrowerminstrelsyballads sung by minstrels
Broadersong, vocalA short musical composition with words
Spanishbalada, poema narrativo
English > lay: 9 senses > noun 2, communication
MeaningA narrative poem of popular origin.
Synonymballad
NarrowerEddaEither of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200
Broaderpoem, verse formA composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
Catalanromanç
Spanishbalada, romance
English > lay: 9 senses > verb 1, contact
MeaningPut into a certain place or abstract location.
PatternSomebody ----s something PP
ModelThey lay the bags on the table
Synonymsput, set, place, pose, position
Narrowerapposeplace side by side or in close proximity
arrange, set upput into a proper or systematic order
barrelput in barrels / barrels
bedput to bed
bottleput into bottles
bucketput into a bucket
buttplace end to end without overlapping
clapput quickly or forcibly
cockSet the trigger of a firearm back for firing
coffinplace into a coffin
cramput something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
disposePlace or put in a particular order
docketplace on the docket for legal action
emplaceput into place or position
emplaceProvide a new emplacement for guns
ensconce, settleFix firmly
glycerolize, glyceroliseplace in glycerol
groundplace or put on the ground
imbricateplace so as to overlap
insert, enclose, inclose, stick in, put in, introduceintroduce
install, instal, put in, set upSet up for use
intersperseplace at intervals in or among
jarplace in a cylindrical vessel
juxtaposeplace side by side
ladleput (a liquid / liquid) into a container by means of a ladle
lay, put down, reposeput in a horizontal position
leanCause to lean or incline
loadput (something) on a structure or conveyance
marshalplace in proper rank
middleput in the middle / middle
misplaceplace or position wrongly
nestle, snugglePosition comfortably
parallelizeplace parallel to one another
parkplace temporarily
perchCause to perch or sit
pigeonholeplace into a small compartment
pileplace or lay as if in a pile
pillow, restrest on or as if on a pillow
plant, setput or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
plantplace something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe / observe or deceive
poiseCause to be balanced or suspended
positionCause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
postposeplace after another constituent in the sentence
preposeplace before another constituent in the sentence
rack upplace in a rack / rack
recessput into a recess
reclineCause to recline
replace, put backput something back where it belongs
reposeTo put something (eg trust) in something
repositionplace into another position
restput something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
seat, sit, sit downshow to a seat / seat / seat
seatPlace or attach firmly in or on a base
seatPlace in or on a seat
setput into a position that will restore a normal state
set downput or settle into a position
set down, put down, place downCause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
settle, settle downSettle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
shelveplace on a shelf
shipplace on board a ship
signplace signs, as along a road
siphonMove a liquid / liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action
situate, fix, posit, depositput (something somewhere) firmly
sow, seedplace (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
spaceplace at intervals
stand, stand up, place uprightput into an upright position
stepplace (a ship's mast) in its step
stratifyform, arrange, or deposit in layers
superimpose, superpose, lay overplace on top of
superposeplace (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide
tee, tee upplace on a tee
throw, thrustplace or put with great energy
throwTo put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
trenchSet, plant, or bury in a trench
underlayput (something) under or beneath
upendset, turn, or stand on end
Broadermove, displaceCause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
See alsolay outlay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
Catalanposar
Spanishponer
English > lay: 9 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningput in a horizontal position.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody PP; Somebody ----s something PP
Examples
  • "lay the books on the table"
  • "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
Synonymsput down, repose
Cause tolieBe lying, be prostrate
Narrowerblowlay eggs
bury, entomb, inhume, inter, lay to restplace in a grave or tomb
laylay eggs
raillay with rails
reburybury again
Broaderput, set, place, pose, position, layPut into a certain place or abstract location
See alsolay asideaccumulate money for future use
lay awaysave up as for future use
lay overplace on top of
Catalantombar
Spanishtumbar
English > lay: 9 senses > verb 3, creation
MeaningPrepare or position for action or operation.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "lay a fire"
  • "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
Broaderorganize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinateArrange by systematic planning and united effort
Spanishdisponer
English > lay: 9 senses > verb 4, contact
Meaninglay eggs.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"This hen doesn't lay"
Narrowerspawnlay spawn
Broaderlay, put down, reposeput in a horizontal position
Spanishponer huevos, poner
Nounslayera hen that lays eggs
English > lay: 9 senses > verb 5, possession
Meaningimpose as a duty, burden, or punishment.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s something PP
Example"lay a responsibility on someone"
Broaderlevy, imposeimpose and collect
Spanishcargar, hacer responsable
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