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Synonyms for lie

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lie, prevarication(noun)

    a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

    evasiveness, equivocation, prevarication, lying, fabrication

    sit down, stand, stand up, sit

  2. Lie, Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lie(noun)

    Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)


    stand, stand up, sit, sit down

  3. lie(verb)

    position or manner in which something is situated


    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  4. lie(verb)

    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  5. lie(verb)

    be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

    "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  6. dwell, consist, lie, lie in(verb)

    originate (in)

    "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

    lie in, comprise, dwell, populate, harp, lie down, brood, live, consist, rest, inhabit

    stand up, sit, stand, sit down

  7. lie(verb)

    be and remain in a particular state or condition

    "lie dormant"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    stand, sit, stand up, sit down

  8. lie(verb)

    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

    "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand up, stand, sit down

  9. lie, rest(verb)

    have a place in relation to something else

    "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"

    lie in, catch one's breath, reside, dwell, pillow, roost, remain, lie down, breathe, repose, stay, perch, consist, take a breather, rest

    stand, stand up, sit down, sit

  10. lie down, lie(verb)

    assume a reclining position

    "lie down on the bed until you feel better"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, stand up, sit down

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lie

    Deceit is the habit, deception the act; guile applies to the disposition out of which deceit and deception grow, and also to their actual practise. A lie, lying, or falsehood, is the uttering of what one knows to be false with intent to deceive. The novel or drama is not a lie, because not meant to deceive; the ancient teaching that the earth was flat was not a lie, because not then known to be false. Untruth is more than lack of accuracy, implying always lack of veracity; but it is a somewhat milder and more dignified word than lie. Falsehood and lying are in utterance; deceit and deception may be merely in act or implication. Deception may be innocent, and even unintentional, as in the case of an optical illusion; deceit always involves injurious intent. Craft and cunning have not necessarily any moral quality; they are common traits of animals, but stand rather low in the human scale. Duplicity is the habitual speaking or acting with intent to appear to mean what one does not. Dissimulation is rather a concealing of what is than a pretense of what is not. Finesse is simply an adroit and delicate management of a matter for one's own side, not necessarily involving deceit. Compare ARTIFICE; FICTION; FRAUD; HYPOCRISY.

    craft, cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, delusion, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fabrication, falsehood, finesse, fraud, guile, hypocrisy, imposition, lying, prevarication, trickery, untruth

    candor, fair dealing, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth, veracity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lie(n)

    falsehood, untruth, fabrication, subterfuge, evasion, fib, fiction, falsity

    truth, fact, veracity

  2. lie(v)

    rest, repose, be, remain

    rise, move, stir

Editors Contribution

  1. ailed

    to lie; to not tell the truth.

    mari lied to the teacher.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 17, 2019  
  2. deciet

    to not tell the truth

    jeffton lied to me

    Submitted by rinat on June 9, 2017  
  3. homopentameric

    nothing equals being equivalent to god the father,or john and the son of god the father except for john,the son, and the holy spirit of god the father

    all of humanity is equal under god

    Submitted by anonymous on April 2, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lie(n.)

    fib, intentional untruth, criminal falsehood, SUGGESTIO FALSI, SUPPRESSIO VERI

  2. lie(v. n.)

    falsify, FIB, tell a lie

  3. lie(v. n.)

    recline, couch, lie down, be prostrate, be recumbent

  4. lie(v. n.)

    be placed, be laid

  5. lie(v. n.)

    be, rest, remain

  6. lie(v. n.)

    be situated, be located

  7. lie(v. n.)


  8. lie(v. n.)

    (Law.) be sustainable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lie(n)

    untruth, falsehood, fib, fiction, fabrication, subterfuge, evasion, misrepresentation

  2. lie(v)


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    lying, iie, falsehood, mens, reside, untruth, lied, deceit, liar, are, lies

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  1. lie

How to use lie in a sentence?

  1. Simonides, Epitaph for the Spartans who fell at Thermopylae:

    Go tell the Spartans, Passerby, That here, obedient to their laws, We lie.

  2. Alexander Pope:

    He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

  3. Anthony Liccione:

    I have rubbed, knocked and brushed up against a thousand windows, trying to get an image.""A writer is nothing without a reader; a reader is nothing without a writer." "Ask not the grass to give you green, and later walk all over it.”“Thoughts are like an open ocean, they can either move you forward within its waves, or sink you under deep into its abyss.” Anger can kill, even a feather gently blowing in the wind.” "The mirror will only lie, when you look at it through a mask."If you put a clock in a bottle, with time it will crack, as like money, as like love, as like a beautiful mind, with no soul." “If eyes are windows to the soul, then tears are heavens rain.”"It's not how many friends you can count, it's how many of those you can count on.”

  4. Winning sentence, 1990 Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction contest.:

    Delores breezed along the surface of her life like a flat stone forever skipping along smooth water, rippling reality sporadically but oblivious to it consistently, until she finally lost momentum, sank, and due to an over- dose of flouride as a child which caused her to suffer from chronic apathy, doomed herself to lie forever on the floor of her life as useless as an appendix and as lonely as a five-hundred pound barbell in a steroid-free fitness center.

  5. Officer Stephen Barone:

    If anybody wants to fight or run, I'm a little trigger happy, guys. I'm not gon na lie, and I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I had to shoot somebody. Don't do anything stupid.

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