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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


    sacred, professional

  2. ballad, lay(adj)

    a narrative poem of popular origin


    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"

    profane, temporal, laic, secular, worldly

    professional, sacred

  4. lay(verb)

    not of or from a profession

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

    laic, secular

    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"

    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

    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"

    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

    sacred, professional

  7. lay(verb)

    prepare or position for action or operation

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

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

    professional, sacred

  8. lay(verb)

    lay eggs

    "This hen doesn't lay"

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

    professional, sacred

  9. lay(verb)

    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

    "lay a responsibility on someone"

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

    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.

    deposit, place, put, set

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lay

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lay(v. a.)

    put, place, lay down

  2. lay(v. a.)

    impose, assess

  3. lay(v. a.)

    impute, charge, ascribe

  4. lay(v. a.)

    spread (on a surface)

  5. lay(v. a.)

    prepare, set in order, get ready

  6. lay(v. a.)

    contrive, scheme, devise

  7. lay(v. a.)

    allay, quiet, calm, still, appease

  8. lay(v. a.)

    bet, stake, wager, risk, hazard

  9. lay(v. a.)

    produce, bring forth and deposit (as eggs)

  10. lay(v. a.)

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

  11. lay(v. a.)

    (Law.) allege, state, name

  12. lay(n.)

    [rare.] row, stratum, layer

  13. lay(n.)

    bet, wager, stake, pledge

  14. lay(n.)

    [U. s.] share of profit

  15. lay(n.)


  16. lay(a.)

    laic, laical

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lay(a)

    laic, laical

  2. lay(n)

    song, ballad, lyric

  3. lay(v)

    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

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  1. Chris Christie:

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

  2. Jamil Jato:

    They put him flat on the ground to kill him, he was with eight or nine other children.  They lay them flat on the ground and asked them if they knew how to fire a gun.  They said 'no,' so ISIS let them go.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. You take off the mask of hypocrisy, and there are hundreds of billions of laughing monsters of monsters. They laugh in a smile of hatred; an ordinary person simply cannot stand so much awareness. 2. The idea appeared in the mirror maze and it is reflected in all the mirrors, that is, the opinion that the source cannot be found because it is hidden from your eyes. You see that opinion is a sect. 3. Death from the dust of all the dead and dust of memories. Fear is all out of the darkness of the subconscious of billions of threads of manipulation. 4. The face tears up from laughter, and there is not flesh and soul, but a continuous smile of awareness. 5. A ghost is a hologram record of the projection of the universe, once generated by an accident of chaos, living in reality. This spirit is like the same memoirs and nostalgia of the past. This is a retro record of bygone times, traveling in empty eternity and nonsense, feeling only insensibility. A time-space film of time and space existing in time, in the depressing eternity of reality, in the void of consciousness of loneliness. A ghost who sees is not evolutionary progress, but the life cycle of a temporary transformation, rotting from the depravity of people. 6. Modern thinking is a mysterious essence, it is all in blood and is two meters tall, its smile opens to your soul and its smile descends to the earth and opens a portal to the dimension of eternal laughter, to a world without values. 7. Wandering in the midst of twilight darkness, the creative person revealed to the world what was hidden in the egg that lay in this fog, entities and monsters of the subconscious crawled out of it through the force field of imagination and depravity, through the force field they arise in the mind. Some in the imagination become prettier, while others are uglier. Then exhibited in a toy marketing store. 8. Under the ordinary eye, the eye of anger. Under the eye of anger, the eye of despondency. Under the eye of despondency, the eye of insight of enlightenment of good and light, selfless nobleness. 9. Reality is a terrible dystopia of smiling optimism, with wired senses, with laughing monsters in your head, that is, your vices.

  4. Alex Walker:

    She still wanted( the) comfort of having something soft and cuddly to lay in bed with her, they provide support not just for kids but patients of all ages. They normalize the environment.

  5. Doug Rohde:

    It means a lot to me that we can still be there for the families even though, you know, we are dealing with a lot as a country right now and we are able to stay constant and maintain, you know, the level of professionalism and be there for those families as they lay their loved ones to rest.

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