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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

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How to use lay in a sentence?

  1. Jon Copestake:

    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.

  2. Karen Smith:

    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.

  3. Marquis de Sade:

    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.

  4. Shiraz Maher:

    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.

  5. Gilbert Diendere:

    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.

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