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Definition 1: a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for lie in the sense of this definition

(lie is a kind of ...) a false statement

(... is a kind of lie ) a trivial lie

"he told a fib about eating his spinach" "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

(... is a kind of lie ) (law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law)

(... is a kind of lie ) a gross untruth; a blatant lie

(... is a kind of lie ) an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)

Definition 2: position or manner in which something is situated - [noun denoting location]

(lie is a kind of ...) the particular portion of space occupied by something

"he put the lamp back in its place"

Definition 3: Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for lie in the sense of this definition

(lie is an instance of ...) an official engaged in international negotiations

Definition 4: tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive - [verb of communication]

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

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

(lie is a kind of ...) give false or misleading information to

(... is a kind of lie ) tell romantic or exaggerated lies

"This author romanced his trip to an exotic country"

(... is a kind of lie ) knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury

(... is a kind of lie ) tell a relatively insignificant lie

"Fibbing is not acceptable, even if you don't call it lying"

Definition 5: be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position - [verb of contact]

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

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

(... is a kind of lie ) expose one's body to the sun

(... is a kind of lie ) sit or lie with one's limbs spread out

(... is a kind of lie ) lean in a comfortable resting position

"He was reposing on the couch"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie upon; lie on top of

"the granite overlies the older rocks"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie without sleeping

"She was so worried, she lay awake all night long"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie when dead

"Mao reposes in his mausoleum"

(... is a kind of lie ) be exposed

"The seals were basking in the sun"

(lie has a similar meaning as ...) assume a reclining position

"lie down on the bed until you feel better"

Definition 6: assume a reclining position - [verb of motion]

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

  • lie down on the bed until you feel better

Synonyms for lie in the sense of this definition

(lie is a kind of ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

(... is a kind of lie ) lie down comfortably

"To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie down on command, of hunting dogs

(... is a kind of lie ) get into a prostrate position, as in submission

(lie has a similar meaning as ...) 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 7: be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position - [verb of stative]

(lie is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(... is a kind of lie ) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

"The house looks north" "My backyard look onto the pond" "The building faces the park"

(... is a kind of lie ) be in back of

"My garage backs their yard"

(... is a kind of lie ) be located at the sides of something or somebody

(... is a kind of lie ) be in the front of or on top of

"The list was headed by the name of the president"

(... is a kind of lie ) look down on

"The villa dominates the town"

(... is a kind of lie ) be in line with; form a line along

"trees line the riverbank"

(... is a kind of lie ) be oriented

"The weather vane points North" "the dancers toes pointed outward"

(... is a kind of lie ) be oriented in a certain direction

"The house looks out on a tennis court" "The apartment overlooks the Hudson"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie at the top of

"Snow capped the mountains"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie underneath

(... is a kind of lie ) come before

"Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie in a sheltered position

"The little cottage nestles in the forest"

(... is a kind of lie ) be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events

"This interludes intervenes between the two movements" "Eight days intervened"

(... is a kind of lie ) be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point

"A star tops the Christmas Tree"

(... is a kind of lie ) occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others

"mediate between the old and the new"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie moored or anchored

"Ship rides at anchor"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

(... is a kind of lie ) concentrate on a particular place or spot

"The infection has localized in the left eye"

(... is a kind of lie ) lie obliquely

"A scar slanted across his face"

(lie has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 8: originate (in) - [verb of stative]

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

  • The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country

Synonyms for lie in the sense of this definition

(lie is a kind of ...) have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

Definition 9: have a place in relation to something else - [verb of stative]

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

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

Synonyms for lie in the sense of this definition

(lie is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(lie has a similar meaning as ...) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Definition 10: be and remain in a particular state or condition - [verb of stative]

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

  • lie dormant

(lie is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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