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Definitions of lay:
  • noun:   a narrative poem of popular origin
  • noun:   a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  • verb:   impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    Example: "Lay a responsibility on someone"
  • verb:   put in a horizontal position
    Example: "Lay the books on the table"
  • verb:   lay eggs
    Example: "This hen doesn't lay"
  • verb:   prepare or position for action or operation
    Example: "Lay a fire"
  • verb:   put into a certain place or abstract location
  • adjective:   not of or from a profession
    Example: "A lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  • adjective:   concerning those not members of the clergy
    Example: "The lay ministry"
  • name:  A surname (common: 1 in 12500 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #1530)

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See lay used in context: 100 poetry verses, 203 Shakespeare works, 1 quotation, 7 Mother Goose rhymes, 175 Bible passages, 101 definitions

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