lay lay  /ˈleɪ/


  1. (n) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  2. (n) a narrative poem of popular origin
  3. (v) put into a certain place or abstract location
  4. (v) put in a horizontal position
  5. (v) prepare or position for action or operation
  6. (v) lay eggs
  7. (v) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
  8. (adj) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
  9. (adj) not of or from a profession
  10. (n) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  11. (n) Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  12. (n) position or manner in which something is situated
  13. (v) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  14. (v) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
  15. (v) originate (in)
  16. (v) be and remain in a particular state or condition
  17. (v) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
  18. (v) have a place in relation to something else
  19. (v) assume a reclining position



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  1. Some lay leadership is needed to help find which direction to go in and what to do.
  2. Today, the organization includes some 82,000 lay members and 1,800 clergy.
  3. As she lay on the prison floor, Hwang demanded that she abort the fetus herself.


  1. Back in the Climate Game: Obama Will Lay Out Global-Warming Plan

    Since the death of energy reform in Congress, climate change hasn’t been a big topic of discussion in Washington. But on Tuesday, President Obama will lay out a plan to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for global warming, the White House says. Obama tweeted a...        
    on June 23, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. Obama to lay out climate change plan in speech on Tuesday

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he will outline a climate change plan on Tuesday centered around reducing pollution from carbon emissions as he attempts to make good on a pledge for his second term. "This Tuesday, I'll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go - a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. BASEBALL: Lay goes the distance in E’ville’s win

    Edwardsville Post 199 pitcher Alex Lay is no stranger to throwing late in ball games after making 12 relief appearances this past spring with the high school team.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer


  1. As President Obama said in his inaugural address: "For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth....
    on Jan 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN

  2. "Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest," Sharpton posted on his Twitter account during the service that was held outside and then within the marble mausoleum.
    on Sep 3, 2009 By: Al Sharpton Source:

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