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Definition 1: a narrative poem of popular origin - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for lay in the sense of this definition

(lay is a kind of ...) a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines

(... is a kind of lay ) either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology

Definition 2: a narrative song with a recurrent refrain - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for lay in the sense of this definition

(lay is a kind of ...) a short musical composition with words

"a successful musical must have at least three good songs"

(... is a kind of lay ) ballads sung by minstrels

Definition 3: put in a horizontal position - [verb of contact]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lay the books on the table
  • lay the patient carefully onto the bed

Synonyms for lay in the sense of this definition

(lay is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of lay ) lay with rails

"hundreds of miles were railed out here"

(... is a kind of lay ) lay eggs

"This hen doesn't lay"

(... is a kind of lay ) lay eggs

"certain insects are said to blow"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in a grave or tomb

"Stalin was buried behind the Kremlin wall on Red Square" "The pharaohs were entombed in the pyramids" "My grandfather was laid to rest last Sunday"

(... is a kind of lay ) bury again

"After the king's body had been exhumed and tested to traces of poison, it was reburied in the same spot"

(lay causes ...) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

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

Definition 4: put into a certain place or abstract location - [verb of contact]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for lay in the sense of this definition

(lay is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of lay ) place so as to overlap

"imbricate the roof tiles"

(... is a kind of lay ) set, turn, or stand on end

"upend the box and empty the contents"

(... is a kind of lay ) show to a seat; assign a seat for

"The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in or on a seat

"the mother seated the toddler on the high chair"

(... is a kind of lay ) put in a horizontal position

"lay the books on the table" "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

(... is a kind of lay ) put into an upright position

"Can you stand the bookshelf up?"

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to recline

"She reclined her head on the pillow"

(... is a kind of lay ) put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

"Let's plant flowers in the garden"

(... is a kind of lay ) rest on or as if on a pillow

"pillow your head"

(... is a kind of lay ) place or put on the ground

(... is a kind of lay ) put in barrels

(... is a kind of lay ) put into a bucket

(... is a kind of lay ) put into bottles

"bottle the mineral water"

(... is a kind of lay ) put or settle into a position

"The hotel was set down at the bottom of the valley"

(... is a kind of lay ) place side by side

"The fauvists juxtaposed strong colors"

(... is a kind of lay ) place or position wrongly; put in the wrong position

"misplaced modifiers"

(... is a kind of lay ) place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

"She sowed sunflower seeds"

(... is a kind of lay ) set up for use

"install the washer and dryer" "We put in a new sink"

(... is a kind of lay ) put (something somewhere) firmly

"She posited her hand on his shoulder" "deposit the suitcase on the bench" "fix your eyes on this spot"

(... is a kind of lay ) put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle

"ladle soup into the bowl"

(... is a kind of lay ) to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly

"Jane threw dinner together" "throw the car into reverse"

(... is a kind of lay ) settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground

"dust settled on the roofs"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in proper rank

"marshal the troops"

(... is a kind of lay ) place at intervals

"Space the interviews so that you have some time between the different candidates"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in glycerol

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

(... is a kind of lay ) place or attach firmly in or on a base

"seat the camera on the tripod"

(... is a kind of lay ) move a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action

"siphon gas into the tank"

(... is a kind of lay ) put into a position that will restore a normal state

"set a broken bone"

(... is a kind of lay ) put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled

"cram books into the suitcase"

(... is a kind of lay ) put (something) on a structure or conveyance

"load the bags onto the trucks"

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to perch or sit

"She perched her hat on her head"

(... is a kind of lay ) put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying

"Rest your head on my shoulder"

(... is a kind of lay ) put quickly or forcibly

"The judge clapped him in jail"

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to lean or incline

"He leaned his rifle against the wall"

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to be balanced or suspended

(... is a kind of lay ) cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place

"set down your bags here"

(... is a kind of lay ) place side by side or in close proximity

(... is a kind of lay ) put to bed

"The children were bedded at ten o'clock"

(... is a kind of lay ) place or put in a particular order

"the dots are unevenly disposed"

(... is a kind of lay ) fix firmly

"He ensconced himself in the chair"

(... is a kind of lay ) place temporarily

"park the car in the yard" "park the children with the in-laws" "park your bag in this locker"

(... is a kind of lay ) place (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide

(... is a kind of lay ) place on top of

"can you superimpose the two images?"

(... is a kind of lay ) put into a proper or systematic order

"arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

(... is a kind of lay ) place or lay as if in a pile

"The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"

(... is a kind of lay ) position comfortably

"The baby nestled her head in her mother's elbow"

(... is a kind of lay ) place at intervals in or among

"intersperse exclamation marks in the text"

(... is a kind of lay ) place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive

"Plant a spy in Moscow" "plant bugs in the dissident's apartment"

(... is a kind of lay ) form, arrange, or deposit in layers

"The fish are stratified in barrels" "The rock was stratified by the force of the water" "A statistician stratifies the list of names according to the addresses"

(... is a kind of lay ) put something back where it belongs

"replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it" "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them"

(... is a kind of lay ) place (a ship's mast) in its step

(... is a kind of lay ) place before another constituent in the sentence

"English preposes the adpositions; Japanese postposes them"

(... is a kind of lay ) place after another constituent in the sentence

"Japanese postposes the adpositions, whereas English preposes them"

(... is a kind of lay ) set the trigger of a firearm back for firing

(... is a kind of lay ) place on the docket for legal action

"Only 5 of the 120 cases docketed were tried"

(... is a kind of lay ) put into place or position

"the box with the ancestors' ashes was emplaced on the top shelf of the house altar"

(... is a kind of lay ) provide a new emplacement for guns

(... is a kind of lay ) place into a coffin

"her body was coffined"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in a rack

"rack pool balls"

(... is a kind of lay ) place on a tee

"tee golf balls"

(... is a kind of lay ) place or put with great energy

"She threw the blanket around the child" "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"

(... is a kind of lay ) place into another position

(... is a kind of lay ) put into a recess

"recess lights"

(... is a kind of lay ) place end to end without overlapping

"The frames must be butted at the joints"

(... is a kind of lay ) place parallel to one another

(... is a kind of lay ) put in the middle

(... is a kind of lay ) place signs, as along a road

"sign an intersection" "This road has been signed"

(... is a kind of lay ) to put something (eg trust) in something

"The nation reposed its confidence in the King"

(... is a kind of lay ) place in a cylindrical vessel

"jar the jam"

(... is a kind of lay ) place on a shelf

"shelve books"

(... is a kind of lay ) place into a small compartment

(... is a kind of lay ) set, plant, or bury in a trench

"trench the fallen soldiers" "trench the vegetables"

(... is a kind of lay ) put (something) under or beneath

"They underlaid the shingles with roofing paper"

(... is a kind of lay ) place on board a ship

"ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"

(... is a kind of lay ) place, fit, or thrust (something) into another thing

"Insert your ticket here"

Definition 5: lay eggs - [verb of contact]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This hen doesn't lay

(lay is a kind of ...) put in a horizontal position

"lay the books on the table" "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

(... is a kind of lay ) lay spawn

"The salmon swims upstream to spawn"

Definition 6: prepare or position for action or operation - [verb of creation]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lay a fire
  • lay the foundation for a new health care plan

(lay is a kind of ...) arrange by systematic planning and united effort

"machinate a plot" "organize a strike" "devise a plan to take over the director's office"

Definition 7: impose as a duty, burden, or punishment - [verb of possession]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lay a responsibility on someone

(lay is a kind of ...) impose and collect

"levy a fine"

Definition 8: not of or from a profession - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease

(lay is similar to ...) not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain

"the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues" "nonprofessional actors"

Definition 9: characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where lay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • set his collar in laic rather than clerical position
  • the lay ministry

Synonyms for lay in the sense of this definition

(lay is similar to ...) not concerned with or devoted to religion

"sacred and profane music" "secular drama" "secular architecture" "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"

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