If you are lying somewhere, you are in a horizontal position and are not standing or sitting .
A lay-by is a short strip of road by the side of a main road, where cars can stop for a while.
If you lay in an amount of something, you buy it and store it to be used later.
If you lay on something such as food, entertainment, or a service, you provide or supply it, especially in a generous or grand way.
to bring a vessel into a haven
If someone is laid up with an illness, the illness makes it necessary for them to stay in bed .
to lift up (a carpet, floorboards, etc) and then attach them back to their usual permanent position
any of the days allowed for loading or unloading a ship without payment of extra charge
to be waiting to attack
to cause to fall by a blow
If workers are laid off, they are told by their employers to leave their job, usually because there is no more work for them to do.
If you lay out a group of things, you spread them out and arrange them neatly, for example so that they can all be seen clearly .
If you lay something aside, you put it down, usually because you have finished using it or want to save it to use later .
to store or reserve for future use
to reveal or explain
the number of days permitted for the loading or unloading of a ship without payment of demurrage
If you lay something down, you put it down, usually because you have finished using it.
To lay into someone or something means to start attacking or criticizing them.
to reveal or disclose
to postpone for future action
a member of a cathedral choir appointed to sing certain parts of the services
to devastate or destroy
( formerly ) to move alongside a warship to board it
a person without medical qualifications who practises psychoanalysis
If you lay an idea or piece of information before someone, you present it to them in detail, usually in order to obtain their approval or advice .
a man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
lay it on:
to exaggerate, esp when flattering
→ lay person
A lay person is a person who is not trained, qualified, or experienced in a particular subject or activity.
a person licensed by a bishop to conduct religious services other than the Eucharist
a woman who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
lay an egg:
if something lays an egg, it fails because people are not interested in it or do not want it
a preacher who is not a member of the clergy
lay sb low:
If a disease or illness lays you low, it makes you weak or ill .
the form of lay found in a cable-laid rope
lay a course:
to sail on a planned course without tacking
lay claim to:
to assert one's possession of or right to
lay hands on:
to seize or get possession of
lay hold of:
to seize or grasp
lay siege to:
to besiege (a city, etc)
lay sth bare:
If you lay bare something or someone, you reveal or expose them.
lay store by:
to value or reckon as important
lay to rest:
to bury (a dead person)
If you have a lie-in, you rest by staying in bed later than usual in the morning.
(of a vessel) to be hove to with little or no swinging
to go into or stay in one's room or bed, as through illness
lay about one:
to deliver blows on all sides; strike out in every direction
lay waste (to):
to destroy; devastate ; make desolate
to offer a bet with favourable odds