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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lie1 /laɪ/USA pronunciation
n., v., lied, ly•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a false statement made knowingly and on purpose with the intention of deceiving;
- something intended or serving to give a false impression.
lie2 /laɪ/USA pronunciation
v., lay/leɪ/USA pronunciation lain/leɪn/USA pronunciation ly•ing, n. v.
- to speak falsely, knowing that what one says is not true, as with intent to deceive: [no object]lied about his age.[~ + object]lying his way out of difficulty.[used with quotations]"Of course I love you,'' he lied.
- to be in a horizontal or flat position, as on a bed or the ground;
recline (often fol. by down):[no object]I had to lie down after driving all day.
- (of objects) to rest in a horizontal or flat position:[no object]The book lies on the table.
- to be or remain in the position, condition, or state (that is mentioned in the next phrase):[no object]The troops lay in ambush.
- to rest, press, or weigh:[no object]many worries lay on my mind.
- to be situated or extended:[no object]the land lying along the coast.
- to be in or have a specified direction;
extend:[no object; not: be + ~-ing]The trail from here lies to the west.
- to be found or located in a particular area or place;
occur:[no object; not: be + ~-ing]The fault lies with us.
- to be buried in a particular spot:[no object]Here lies the late hero.
- lie behind, [~ + behind + object] to be the real reason for something:What lies behind her decision to quit?
- lie in, [no object] to be kept in bed, or to stay in bed, as in childbirth.
- lie with, [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + with + object] to be the duty or function of:The blame lies with the parents.
- the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies, as the position of the ball in golf compared to how easy it is to play.
- Idiomslie down on the job, [Informal.]to do less than one could or should do.
- Idiomstake lying down, [take + object + lying down] to accept or give in to (something) without resistance:Are you going to take that insult lying down?
(lī),USA pronunciation n., v., lied, ly•ing. n.
- a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive;
an intentional untruth;
- something intended or serving to convey a false impression;
imposture:His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
- an inaccurate or false statement.
- the charge or accusation of lying:He flung the lie back at his accusers.
- Idiomsgive the lie to:
- to accuse of lying;
- to prove or imply the falsity of;
belie:His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.
- to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
- to express what is false;
convey a false impression.
Also, lie through one's teeth.
- to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively):to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
- Idiomslie in one's throat or teeth, to lie grossly or maliciously:If she told you exactly the opposite of what she told me, she must be lying in her teeth.
- bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English lyge; cognate with German Lüge, Old Norse lygi; akin to Gothic liugn; (verb, verbal) Middle English lien, Old English lēogan (intransitive); cognate with German lügen, Old Norse ljūga, Gothic liugan
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prevarication, falsification. See falsehood.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prevaricate, fib.
(lī),USA pronunciation v., lay, lain, ly•ing, n. v.i.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged truth.
- to be in a horizontal, recumbent, or prostrate position, as on a bed or the ground;
- (of objects) to rest in a horizontal or flat position:The book lies on the table.
- to be or remain in a position or state of inactivity, subjection, restraint, concealment, etc.:to lie in ambush.
- to rest, press, or weigh (usually fol. by on or upon):These things lie upon my mind.
- to depend (usually fol. by on or upon).
- to be placed or situated:land lying along the coast.
- to be stretched out or extended:the broad plain that lies before us.
- to be in or have a specified direction;
extend:The trail from here lies to the west.
- to be found or located in a particular area or place:The fault lies here.
- to consist or be grounded (usually fol. by in):The real remedy lies in education.
- to be buried in a particular spot:Their ancestors lie in the family plot.
- Lawto be sustainable or admissible, as an action or appeal.
- [Archaic.]to lodge;
stay the night;
- lie by:
- to pause for rest;
stop activities, work, etc., temporarily.
- to lie unused:Ever since the last member of the family died, the old house has lain by.
- lie down, to assume a horizontal or prostrate position, as for the purpose of resting.
- lie down on the job, [Informal.]to do less than one could or should do;
shirk one's obligations.
- lie in, to be confined to bed in childbirth.
- Idiomslie in state. See state (def. 14).
- Idiomslie low. See low 1 (def. 45).
- lie over, to be postponed for attention or action at some future time:The other business on the agenda will have to lie over until the next meeting.
- Nautical, Naval Termslie to, (of a ship) to lie comparatively stationary, usually with the head as near the wind as possible.
- lie up:
- to lie at rest;
stay in bed.
- Naval Terms(of a ship) to dock or remain in dock.
- lie with:
- to be the duty or function of:The decision in this matter lies with him.
- [Archaic.]to have sexual intercourse with.
- Idiomstake lying down, to hear or yield without protest, contradiction, or resistance:I refuse to take such an insult lying down.
- the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies.
- the haunt or covert of an animal.
- Sport[Golf.]the position of the ball relative to how easy or how difficult it is to play.
- bef. 900; Middle English lien, liggen, Old English licgan; cognate with German liegen, Dutch liggen, Old Norse liggja, Gothic ligan; akin to Greek léchesthai to lie down
- 25.See corresponding entry in Unabridged place, location, site.
(lē),USA pronunciation n.
- 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stand.
(mä′rē ŏŏs sō′fŏŏs),USA pronunciation 1842–99, Norwegian mathematician.
(trig′və hälv′dän; Nor. tryg′və hälv′dän),USA pronunciation 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman: secretary-general of the United Nations 1946–53.
- BiographicalJonas, 1880–1940, U.S. painter, born in Norway.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lie /laɪ/ vb (lies, lying, lied)
- (intransitive) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
- (intransitive) to convey a false impression or practise deception: the camera does not lie
- an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
- something that is deliberately intended to deceive
- give the lie to ⇒ to disprove
- to accuse of lying
Related adjective(s): mendaciousEtymology: Old English lyge (n), lēogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan
lie /laɪ/ vb (lies, lying, lay /leɪ/, lain /leɪn/)(intransitive)
- (often followed by down) to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground
- to be situated, esp on a horizontal surface: the pencil is lying on the desk, India lies to the south of Russia
- to be buried: here lies Jane Brown
- (copula) to be and remain (in a particular state or condition): to lie dormant
- to stretch or extend: the city lies before us
- usually followed by on or upon: to rest or weigh: my sins lie heavily on my mind
- (usually followed by in) to exist or consist inherently: strength lies in unity
- (followed by with) to be or rest (with): the ultimate decision lies with you
- archaic to have sexual intercourse (with)
- (of an action, claim, appeal, etc) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible
- archaic to stay temporarily
See also lie down
- the manner, place, or style in which something is situated
- the hiding place or lair of an animal
- lie of the land ⇒ the topography of the land
- the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving
, lie in
, lie toEtymology: Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bedUSAGE
Lie /liː/ n
- Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)