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1. lay

verb. ['ˈleɪ'] put into a certain place or abstract location.

Synonyms

  • fix
  • middle
  • mislay
  • underlay
  • pillow
  • cock
  • prepose
  • pigeonhole
  • perch
  • put down
  • move
  • sow
  • stratify
  • settle
  • set up
  • bed
  • appose
  • repose
  • deposit
  • lean
  • tee up
  • upend
  • sit
  • bucket
  • ground
  • space
  • ship
  • set
  • throw
  • step
  • butt
  • glycerolise
  • stick in
  • recline
  • stand
  • thrust
  • shelve
  • plant
  • superimpose
  • load
  • enclose
  • lay over
  • put in
  • glycerolize
  • bottle
  • parallelize
  • superpose
  • park
  • sign
  • imbricate
  • introduce
  • settle down
  • replace
  • ensconce
  • intersperse
  • nestle
  • instal
  • place down
  • postpose
  • arrange
  • displace
  • pile
  • poise
  • dispose
  • trench
  • ladle
  • place upright
  • set down
  • coffin
  • posit
  • barrel
  • cram
  • situate
  • inclose
  • put back
  • pose
  • lose
  • rest
  • put
  • position
  • place
  • siphon
  • misplace
  • emplace
  • juxtapose
  • snuggle
  • install
  • clap
  • insert
  • reposition
  • sit down
  • docket
  • seed
  • jar
  • tee
  • seat
  • marshal
  • recess
  • rack up

Antonyms

  • deglycerolize
  • unhook
  • unbelt
  • unbuckle

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Lay

  • waga
  • compusa
  • communique
  • yakutakay
  • papier-mache
  • l'espalier
  • cluj
  • cabriolet
  • societe
  • san-jose
  • naivete
  • mcgarvey
  • jonbenet
  • intraday
  • dunlavey
  • chevrolet
  • buga
  • aaa
  • zepa
  • underway
  • underpay
  • santa-fe
  • portray
  • pinochet
  • overstay
  • monterrey
  • meservey
  • mcstay
  • liberte
  • langlais

Example sentences of the word lay


1. Verb, past tense
Finish angling the fuel assembly out of the top of the gas tank and lay it on the rags.

2. Verb, base form
Drain flies will lay their eggs inside the drain or on your shower floor.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
they simply bore into the wood to create tunnels in which they nest and lay eggs.

Quotes containing the word lay


1. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
- David Brinkley

2. Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
- Saint Augustine

3. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

2. lay-up

noun. ['ˈleɪˈʌp'] a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket (and usually banked off the backboard).

Synonyms

  • layup

3. lay

verb. ['ˈleɪ'] put in a horizontal position.

Synonyms

  • bury
  • place
  • repose
  • rail
  • rebury
  • pose
  • lie
  • put
  • inter
  • put down
  • inhume
  • lay to rest
  • entomb
  • position
  • blow

Antonyms

  • sit
  • unbutton
  • detach
  • worsen

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. lay

verb. ['ˈleɪ'] prepare or position for action or operation.

Synonyms

  • devise
  • prepare
  • organize
  • organise
  • get up

Antonyms

  • end
  • beginning
  • early
  • late

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. lay

verb. ['ˈleɪ'] lay eggs.

Synonyms

  • repose
  • put down

Antonyms

  • winterize
  • summerize
  • peripheral

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

6. lay

adjective. ['ˈleɪ'] characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy.

Synonyms

  • profane
  • secular

Antonyms

  • sit down
  • lie down
  • surrender

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

7. lay

verb. ['ˈleɪ'] impose as a duty, burden, or punishment.

Synonyms

  • impose

Antonyms

  • ride
  • punch out

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

8. lay

noun. ['ˈleɪ'] a narrative song with a recurrent refrain.

Synonyms

  • vocal
  • minstrelsy
  • ballad

Antonyms

  • unbar
  • unzip
  • unchain
  • dislodge

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

9. lay

adjective. ['ˈleɪ'] not of or from a profession.

Antonyms

  • lie

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))

10. lay

noun. ['ˈleɪ'] a narrative poem of popular origin.

Synonyms

  • poem
  • Edda
  • ballad

Antonyms

  • unlock
  • unpin
  • unfasten
  • untie

Etymology

  • laie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lay (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • lai (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • layen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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