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lay

adjective (a)

  • Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother. (adjective)
    source: webster1913
  • A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a narrative song with a recurrent refrain (noun.communication)
    Synonym: ballad
    source: wordnet30
  • a narrative poem of popular origin (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • The laity; the common people. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A meadow. See Lea. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Faith; creed; religious profession. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy (adj.all)
    Synonym: laic, secular
    Example:
    The lay ministry.
    source: wordnet30
  • not of or from a profession (adj.all)
    Example:
    A lay opinion as to the cause of the disease.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • put into a certain place or abstract location (verb.contact)
    Synonym: place, pose, position, put, set
    source: wordnet30
  • put in a horizontal position (verb.contact)
    Synonym: put down, repose
    Example:
    Lay the books on the table.
    Lay the patient carefully onto the bed.
    source: wordnet30
  • prepare or position for action or operation (verb.creation)
    Example:
    Lay a fire.
    Lay the foundation for a new health care plan.
    source: wordnet30
  • lay eggs (verb.contact)
    Synonym: blow
    Example:
    This hen doesn't lay.
    source: wordnet30
  • impose as a duty, burden, or punishment (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Lay a responsibility on someone.
    source: wordnet30
  • To cause to lie down, to be prostrate, or to lie against something; to put or set down; to deposit; as, to lay a book on the table; to lay a body in the grave; a shower lays the dust. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To produce and deposit eggs. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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