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See also LIE, liē, liě, liè, and lié

English

Pronunciation

Homophones

Etymology 1

Old English licgan, from Proto-Germanic *ligjan-, from Proto-Indo-European *legh-. Cognate with Danish ligge, Dutch liggen, German liegen, Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌰𐌽 (ligan), Swedish ligga; and with Latin lectus (bed), Irish luighe, Russian лежать.

Verb

Infinitive
to lie

Third person singular
lies

Simple past
lay

Past participle
lain

Present participle
lying

to lie (third-person singular simple present lies, present participle lying, simple past lay, past participle lain)
  1. (intransitive) To be in a horizontal position.
  2. (intransitive) To be placed or situated.
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Etymology 2

Old English lēoġan, from Germanic.

Verb

Infinitive
to lie

Third person singular
lies

Simple past
lied

Past participle
-

Present participle
lying

to lie (third-person singular simple present lies, present participle lying, simple past and past participle lied)
  1. (intransitive) To give false information intentionally.
  2. (intransitive) To convey a false image or impression.
    Photos often lie.
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Etymology 3

Old English lyġe

Noun

Singular
lie

Plural
{{{1}}}

lie ({{{1}}})
  1. An intentionally false statement; a falsehood.
  2. A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true; a half-truth
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Etymology 4

From the verb lie

Noun

Singular
lie

Plural
-

lie (-)
  1. (golf) The terrain and conditions surrounding the ball before it is struck.
  2. (medicine) The position of a fetus in the womb.
Translations

Finnish

Verb

lie

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Third-person singular potential present form of olla.
    Se on missä lie.
    It's somewhere. / I wonder where it is.

Usage notes

  • This form is used mostly in the expression above.

Synonyms

  • (3rd-pers. sg. potent. pres. of olla; standard) lienee

Anagrams


French

Etymology

From Gaulish liga (silt, sediment), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (to lie, to lay).

Noun

lie

  1. dregs (of wine, of society)

Verb

lie

  1. First-person singular indicative present of lier.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive present of lier.
  3. Third-person singular indicative present of lier.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive present of lier.
  5. Second-person singular imperative present of lier.

Mandarin

Pinyin

lie (form of lie0 or lie5)

  1. : expression of surprise

Pinyin syllable

lie

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, liē, liě, or liè.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Spanish

Verb

lie (infinitive: liar)

  1. First-person singular (yo) preterite indicative form of liar.

Swedish

Noun

lie c.

Inflection for lie Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative lie lien liar liarna
Genitive lies liens liars liarnas
  1. scythe; an instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like.

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