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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  
  4. taqiyya

    permitted or encouraged lie if islam is benefitted

    muslims may or should lie if it helps islam.

    Submitted by acronimous on July 14, 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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How to use lie in a sentence?

  1. Janice Dean:

    Get out of automobiles. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car, leave it immediately. If you’re outside, go to a ditch or low-lying area and lie flat in it, stay away from fallen power lines and stay out of damaged areas.

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    It is true that we all lie on some occasions, but that does not mean we should make lying to become the universal law for everyone.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We all know that the life in real world is inherently risky. Those who are not willing to take the risks always settle for the ordinary, and the life also rewards them with what they settle for - the ordinary. On the other hand, those who take the risks, and jump off the cliffs, find that they build their wings on the way down. Life rewards these risk-takers and cliff-jumpers with Success that is beyond any measures - the extraordinary. That's why, in my view, the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one having best ideas or better abilities, but the courage one demonstrates by taking a risk to take a risk and win. History remembers these risk-takers and their extraordinary accomplishments, and forgets the squeamish non-achievers. Never be afraid to take the risks, and diving into unknown oceans. After all, pearls don't lie on the seashore, and you must dive for it into deep ocean if you want one. Go on, take a leap into uncertainty, and you'll see your wings opening on your way down. You may see a net appearing too, but you must take that leap first. Never settle for anything less. You won't regret, because only those who take risks win in this world. All the best!

  4. Jacob G. Hornburger:

    [D]ecade after decade, through taxes and regulations, governments at all levels took ever-increasing control over people’s lives, wealth, and property. The control grew exponentially, decade after decade. The rationale was that the control was necessary -- for society, for the poor, for the nation, even for freedom itself. Americans continued living their life of the lie: they continued believing that the more control government exercised over their lives and property, the freer they became.

  5. Scarface:

    Tony Montana What you lookin' at You all a bunch of f***ing assholes. You know why You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f***ing fingers and say, That's the bad guy. So... what that make you Good You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through Better get outta his way

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