Definition of LAY

noun : LAY

Source: WordNet 3.1

verb : LAY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point" ;

  • 2. (

    ) put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed" ;

  • 3. (

    ) prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan" ;

  • 4. (

    ) lay eggs; "This hen doesn't lay" ;

  • 5. (

    ) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone" ;

Adjective : LAY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry" ;

  • 2. (

    ) not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease" ;


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