lain lain  /ˈleɪn/


  1. (n) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  2. (n) Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  3. (n) position or manner in which something is situated
  4. (v) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  5. (v) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
  6. (v) originate (in)
  7. (v) be and remain in a particular state or condition
  8. (v) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
  9. (v) have a place in relation to something else
  10. (v) assume a reclining position


Derived Word(s)


  1. Michael's difficulty, however, had not lain in making up his mind, but in finding an opportunity to speak it.
  2. One day President Lyndon Johnson called the Galbraith house wanting to talk to the great economist, who had lain down for a little shut-eye.
  3. For five years the watch has lain open on the desk while its owner listened to its ticking and wrote steadily, using the same aging desk pen and yellow lined pads.


  • DiFalco - Pizzurro

    Sarah Christine DiFalco and Nicholas Anthony Pizzurro were married 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Coshocton Church of the Nazarene, by the Rev. Don Lain.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Coshocton Tribune


  1. Allardyce added: "I am well short now defensively, which is where my biggest problems have lain all summer. They are back there again now because of two injuries. It is typical, you always seem to get injuries where you are short. We are short in...
    on Aug 27, 2007 By: Sam Allardyce Source: Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  2. "Neither umpires, toss, luck nor the conditions were to blame for Australia's poor position," wrote columnist Peter Roebuck. "Throughout, their fate has lain in their own hands. For three-and-a-half days the Australians were outgunned. At no...
    on Jul 20, 2009 By: Peter Roebuck Source: AFP

  3. "Public Place has lain vacant for far too long and its cleanup and redevelopment will remove an eyesore from this neighborhood," said Donovan. "Now, not only will this development provide new commercial space, dynamic new community resources...
    on Jul 19, 2007 By: Donovan Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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