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Synonyms for lay

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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. lay

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

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

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  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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  1. Christopher Slobogin:

    Lay people tend to think of people with mental illness as extremely dangerous, and that also influences jurors, especially if someone has killed someone, usually there's evidence of intent and planning that seems to be counterintuitive to the lay view of mental illness.

  2. 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.

  3. James Carville:

    The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.

  4. Charles Caleb Colton:

    We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

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