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English adjective: lay

1. lay characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy


SamplesSet his collar in laic rather than clerical position.
The lay ministry.


Synonymslaic, secular


Similarprofane, secular


Antonymssacred

2. lay not of or from a profession


SamplesA lay opinion as to the cause of the disease.


Similarnonprofessional


Antonymsprofessional


English noun: lay

1. lay (communication) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain


Synonymsballad


Broader (hypernym)song, vocal


Narrower (hyponym)minstrelsy

2. lay (communication) a narrative poem of popular origin


Synonymsballad


Broader (hypernym)poem, verse form


Narrower (hyponym)Edda


English verb: lay

1. lay (contact) put into a certain place or abstract location


SamplesPut your things here.
Set the tray down.
Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children.
Place emphasis on a certain point.


ExamplesThey lay the bags on the table


Synonymsplace, pose, position, put, set


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)appose, arrange, barrel, bed, bottle, bucket, butt, clap, cock, coffin, cram, deposit, dispose, docket, emplace, emplace, enclose, ensconce, fix, glycerolise, glycerolize, ground, imbricate, inclose, insert, instal, install, intersperse, introduce, jar, juxtapose, ladle, lay, lay over, lean, load, lose, marshal, middle, mislay, misplace, misplace, nestle, parallelize, park, perch, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, place down, place upright, plant, plant, poise, posit, position, postpose, prepose, put back, put down, put down, put in, put in, rack up, recess, recline, replace, repose, repose, reposition, rest, rest, seat, seat, seat, seed, set, set, set down, set down, set up, set up, settle, settle, settle down, shelve, ship, sign, siphon, sit, sit down, situate, snuggle, sow, space, stand, stand up, step, stick in, stratify, superimpose, superpose, superpose, tee, tee up, throw, throw, thrust, trench, underlay, upend

2. lay (contact) put in a horizontal position


SamplesLay the books on the table.
Lay the patient carefully onto the bed.


Synonymsput down, repose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set


Narrower (hyponym)blow, bury, entomb, inhume, inter, lay, lay to rest, rail, rebury


Causelie

3. lay (creation) prepare or position for action or operation


SamplesLay a fire.
Lay the foundation for a new health care plan.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare

4. lay (contact) lay eggs


SamplesThis hen doesn't lay.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)lay, put down, repose


Narrower (hyponym)spawn

5. lay (possession) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment


SamplesLay a responsibility on someone.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)impose, levy









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