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Synonyms for lay

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballad, laynoun

    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain


    sacred, professional

  2. ballad, layadjective

    a narrative poem of popular origin


    professional, sacred

  3. laic, lay, secularadjective

    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. layverb

    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, layverb

    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, reposeverb

    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. layverb

    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. layverb

    lay eggs

    "This hen doesn't lay"

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

    professional, sacred

  9. layverb

    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

    "lay a responsibility on someone"

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

    professional, sacred

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. layverb

    put, place, lay down

  2. layverb

    impose, assess

  3. layverb

    impute, charge, ascribe

  4. layverb

    spread (on a surface)

  5. layverb

    prepare, set in order, get ready

  6. layverb

    contrive, scheme, devise

  7. layverb

    allay, quiet, calm, still, appease

  8. layverb

    bet, stake, wager, risk, hazard

  9. layverb

    produce, bring forth and deposit (as eggs)

  10. layverb

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

  11. layverb

    (Law.) allege, state, name

  12. laynoun

    [rare.] row, stratum, layer

  13. laynoun

    bet, wager, stake, pledge

  14. laynoun

    [U. s.] share of profit

  15. laynoun


  16. layadjective

    laic, laical

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. layadjective

    laic, laical

  2. laynoun

    song, ballad, lyric

  3. layverb

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

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How to use lay in a sentence?

  1. George Leo Thomas:

    I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, sister or a lay church worker.

  2. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill:

    I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All I could think of was 'I'm going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.'.

  3. Dr Schulze-Makuch:

    In the past, researchers have found dying organisms near the surface and remnants of DNA but this is really the first time that anyone has been able to identify a persistent form of life living in the soil of the Atacama Desert, we believe these microbial communities can lay dormant for hundreds or even thousands of years in conditions very similar to what you would find on a planet like Mars and then come back to life when it rains.

  4. Mark Ronchetti:

    We're 51st in education in this state, now that they count D.C., and they go and lay out social studies standards that are not designed to fight our literacy issues, not designed to fight our math issues or writing issues, they're designed to divide kids, and it makes no sense.

  5. J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 (Television Series) "Comes the Inquisitor":

    No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions, .. not for glory, not for fame. For one person, .. in the dark .. where no one will ever know .. or see.

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