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    lay - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lay

    Definition
    (noun) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
    Synonyms : ballad
    Definition
    (noun) a narrative poem of popular origin
    Synonyms : ballad
    Definition
    (verb) put into a certain place or abstract location
    Synonyms : place , pose , position , put , set
    Example Sentence
    • Put your things here
    • Set the tray down
    • Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
    • Place emphasis on a certain point
    Definition
    (verb) put in a horizontal position
    Synonyms : put down , repose
    Example Sentence
    • lay the books on the table
    • lay the patient carefully onto the bed
    Definition
    (verb) prepare or position for action or operation
    Example Sentence
    • lay a fire
    • lay the foundation for a new health care plan
    Definition
    (verb) lay eggs
    Example Sentence
    • This hen doesn't lay
    Definition
    (verb) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    Example Sentence
    • lay a responsibility on someone
    Definition
    (adj) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
    Synonyms : laic , secular
    Example Sentence
    • set his collar in laic rather than clerical position
    • the lay ministry
    Definition
    (adj) not of or from a profession
    Example Sentence
    • a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease
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