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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English lecgan, from Germanic. A causative form of lie. Cognate with Dutch leggen, German legen, Swedish lägga.

Verb

Infinitive
to lay

Third person singular
lays

Simple past
laid

Past participle
-

Present participle
laying

to lay (third-person singular simple present lays, present participle laying, simple past and past participle laid)
  1. (transitive) To place something down in a position of rest.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cause to subside or abate.
  3. (transitive) To leave something somewhere.
  4. (transitive) To prepare (e.g., the groundwork, the table).
  5. (transitive) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another (e.g. lay brick, lay flooring.)
  6. (transitive) To produce and deposit (an egg).
  7. (transitive) To have sexual intercourse with someone, especially in a casual manner.
  8. (transitive) To wager that an event will not take place (the opposite of to back).
  9. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To lie.
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Translations

Etymology 2

From the verb.

Noun

Singular
lay

Plural
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lay ({{{1}}})
  1. Arrangement or relationship; layout; eg, the lay of the land.
  2. The direction a rope is twisted.
    Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
  3. A casual sexual partner.
    What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?
  4. A ballad or sung poem.
Synonyms
See WikiSaurus:promiscuous woman
Translations

arrangement or relationship

Etymology 3

From Old French lai

Adjective

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Positive
lay

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Non-professional, not being a member of an organized institution (e.g. scientific lay person).
  2. Not belonging to the clergy.
    They seemed more lay than clerical.
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Etymology 4

See lie

Verb

lay

  1. Simple past of lie. when meaning "to put oneself horizontally".
Derived terms

Derived terms


Malagasy

Etymology

Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare Indonesian layar

Noun

lay

  1. sail

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