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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    non-professional, non-scientific, secular, throw, nonprofessional, put, establish

How to pronounce lay?

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How to say lay in sign language?

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How to use lay in a sentence?

  1. Herman Melville:

    How it is I know not; but there is no place like a bed for confidential disclosures between friends. Man and wife, they say, there open the very bottom of their souls to each other; and some old couples often lie and chat over old times till nearly morning. Thus, then, in our hearts honeymoon, lay I and Queequeg -- a cozy, loving pair.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:

    For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.

  3. Lynn Rusten:

    An overly ambitious approach will be unnecessarily risky, you can have the belt and suspenders, and start to lay the groundwork for a more ambitious agreement. But I don't think getting rid of the belt and suspenders enhances chances of getting the more ambitious agreement.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all -- friends?

  5. Allen Ginsberg:

    I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.


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