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English noun: lie

1. lie (communication) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth


Broader (hypernym)falsehood, falsity, untruth

Narrower (hyponym)fib, jactitation, story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle, walloper, white lie, whopper

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

SynonymsTrygve Halvden Lie, Trygve Lie

Instance hypernymdiplomat, diplomatist

3. lie (location) position or manner in which something is situated

Broader (hypernym)place, position

English verb: lie

1. lie (stative) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

ExamplesThe children lie in the rocking chair, There lie some children in the rocking chair

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)back, cap, command, crest, dominate, face, flank, focalise, focalize, front, head, intervene, lap, line, localise, localize, look, look across, look out on, look out over, mediate, nestle, orient, overlook, overlook, overtop, point, precede, predate, ride, run along, slant, top, underlie

Verb grouplie, rest

2. lie (contact) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

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

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)bask, lie awake, overlie, recline, recumb, repose, repose, sprawl, sun, sunbathe

Entaillie, lie down

Verb grouplie, lie down

Antonymssit, stand, sit down, stand up

3. lie (stative) originate (in)

SamplesThe problems dwell in the social injustices in this country.

Synonymsconsist, dwell, lie in

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be, exist

4. lie (stative) be and remain in a particular state or condition

SamplesLie dormant.

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)be

5. lie (communication) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

SamplesDon't lie to your parents.
She lied when she told me she was only 29.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)misinform, mislead

Narrower (hyponym)fib, perjure, romance

6. lie (stative) have a place in relation to something else

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


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb grouplie

7. lie (motion) assume a reclining position

SamplesLie down on the bed until you feel better.

Synonymslie down

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

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Narrower (hyponym)bow down, charge, prostrate, stretch, stretch out

Verb grouplie

Antonymsget up, stand up, arise, rise, uprise

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