a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
a narrative poem of popular origin
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"
not of or from a profession
"a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
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
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
prepare or position for action or operation
"lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
"This hen doesn't lay"
impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
"lay a responsibility on someone"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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spread (on a surface)
[U. s.] share of profit
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How to use lay in a sentence?
Hong Kong's liveability has been hit by the disruptive protests that took place last year. The city retains bragging rights over its regional competitor Singapore, but by a tiny margin. In fact both cities can still lay claim to being in the top tier of liveability where few, if any, aspects of life are restricted. This has not been the case in other parts of the world, with instability and unrest features undermining the scores of a number of cities globally.
As birds and mosquitoes sought water, they came into closer contact and amplified the virus, particularly in urban areas. The lack of water could have caused some sources of water to stagnate, making the water sources more attractive for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly, to be branded as a wrong in our day, under our government which aims at equality? Plainly, the answer is no.
I think this is an attempt to deflect attention from Jihadi John, they're trying to lay the blame for this at the feet of the British government.
Just before the attack, I called upon the men to lay down their weapons, unfortunately that call was not well heeded ... There was certainly fighting, but I don't know what really happened.
Translations for lay
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- laic, profàCatalan, Valencian
- læg, lægge, læg-Danish
- flachlegen, laikal, legen, Laien-German
- poner, laico, profano, yacer, tirar, lego, acostar, tumbarSpanish
- asettelu, pano, kattaa, panna, sijoittelu, laulu, laannuttaa, muurata, laskea, laittaa, tehdä, maallikko, laatoittaa, jättää, asettaa, kierre, maata, [[kierteen]] [[suunta]], munia, valmistaaFinnish
- laïque, coucher, pondre, mettre, poserFrench
- porre, deporre, profana, lasciare, profano, laico, posare, disporre, laicaItalian
- 産む, 置くJapanese
- lègkeLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- dēt, klāt, liktLatvian
- whakatakoto, whakatāpapa, whānau, panga, whakapapaMāori
- lek, leg-, lek-, legNorwegian
- leken-, leggen, wereldlijk, liggingDutch
- lek, lek-Norwegian Nynorsk
- legge, dekkeNorwegian
- botar, deitar, leigoPortuguese
- oua, culcaRomanian
- отложить, положить, светский, лэ, мирской, кластьRussian
- lägga, ligga, lek-, kvädeSwedish
- yumurtlamak, döşemek, yatırmakTurkish
- đẻ trứngVietnamese
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