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Synonyms for lay
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

    Synonyms:
    ballad

    Antonyms:
    sacred, professional

  2. ballad, lay(adj)

    a narrative poem of popular origin

    Synonyms:
    ballad

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

  3. laic, lay, secular(adj)

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

    "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"

    Synonyms:
    profane, temporal, laic, secular, worldly

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

  4. lay(verb)

    not of or from a profession

    "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"

    Synonyms:
    laic, secular

    Antonyms:
    sacred, professional

  5. put, set, place, pose, position, lay(verb)

    put into a certain place or abstract location

    "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

    Synonyms:
    sit, site, redact, gear up, fructify, send, mystify, put down, coiffure, plant, cast, put, prepare, do, rank, frame, place, impersonate, fix, countersink, arrange, stick, set up, define, station, gravel, aim, repose, amaze, beat, posture, come out, dress, typeset, localise, dumbfound, localize, mark, go under, point, locate, specify, correct, bewilder, set, personate, position, come in, rate, sic, range, limit, jell, grade, present, coiffe, post, baffle, pose, vex, coif, commit, direct, perplex, stupefy, flummox, ready, rig, get, order, invest, identify, determine, target, puzzle, model, go down, congeal, assign, lay out, couch, adjust, nonplus

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

  6. lay, put down, repose(verb)

    put in a horizontal position

    "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

    Synonyms:
    put, destroy, bring down, enter, get down, recline, disgrace, set, pose, put down, place, degrade, discharge, drop, unload, rest, repose, set down, record, land, take down, reside, position, demean, drop off, recumb, place down, write down

    Antonyms:
    sacred, professional

  7. lay(verb)

    prepare or position for action or operation

    "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"

    Synonyms:
    set, place, put down, put, position, pose, repose

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

  8. lay(verb)

    lay eggs

    "This hen doesn't lay"

    Synonyms:
    set, place, put down, put, position, pose, repose

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

  9. lay(verb)

    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

    "lay a responsibility on someone"

    Synonyms:
    set, place, put down, put, position, pose, repose

    Antonyms:
    professional, sacred

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lay

    Put is the most general term for bringing an object to some point or within some space, however exactly or loosely; we may put a horse in a pasture, or put a bullet in a rifle or into an enemy. Place denotes more careful movement and more exact location; as, to place a crown on one's head, or a garrison in a city. To lay is to place in a horizontal position; to set is to place in an upright position; we lay a cloth, and set a dish upon a table. To deposit is to put in a place of security for future use; as, to deposit money in a bank; the original sense, to lay down or let down (quietly), is also common; as, the stream deposits sediment.

    Synonyms:
    deposit, place, put, set

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lay

    Synonyms:
    place, establish, deposit, allay, prostrate, arrange, dispose, put, spread, set down

    Antonyms:
    erect, raise, lift, excite, disarrange, disorder, scrape, abrade

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    put, place, lay down

  2. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    impose, assess

  3. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    impute, charge, ascribe

  4. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    spread (on a surface)

  5. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    prepare, set in order, get ready

  6. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    contrive, scheme, devise

  7. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    allay, quiet, calm, still, appease

  8. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    bet, stake, wager, risk, hazard

  9. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    produce, bring forth and deposit (as eggs)

  10. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    10. (Naut.) depress, sink, sail away from so as to lose sight of

  11. lay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Law.) allege, state, name

  12. lay(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [rare.] row, stratum, layer

  13. lay(n.)

    Synonyms:
    bet, wager, stake, pledge

  14. lay(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [U. s.] share of profit

  15. lay(n.)

    Synonyms:
    song

  16. lay(a.)

    Synonyms:
    laic, laical

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lay(a)

    Synonyms:
    laic, laical

  2. lay(n)

    Synonyms:
    song, ballad, lyric

  3. lay(v)

    Synonyms:
    deposit, place, impose, assess, impute, charge, ascribe, attribute, submit, present, offer, superimpose

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    non-professional, non-scientific, secular, throw, nonprofessional, put, establish

How to pronounce lay?

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How to say lay in sign language?

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How to use lay in a sentence?

  1. Aesop:

    A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.

  2. Chris Christie:

    You can absolutely lay your opponent out without saying a bad word.

  3. Allen Ginsberg:

    I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.

  4. Mylan Chief Executive Heather Bresch:

    We remain steadfast in our legally binding commitment to acquire Perrigo and have taken numerous concrete steps to lay out a clear and certain path towards completion.

  5. Mark Zandi:

    I think large companies are going to be slower to lay off. They are going to try to get through this, but a lot of these small businesses don't have the cash to weather the storm. It's not obvious to me how we help them. It's tough for the government to try to get cash and credit to small businesses.


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