Lie - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |laɪ|  American pronunciation of the word lie
Brit.  |laɪ|  British pronunciation of the word lie
irregular verb:  p.t. — lay  p.p. — lain


- a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth (syn: prevarication)
- Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
- position or manner in which something is situated


- be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
- be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
- originate (in) (syn: consist, dwell, lie in)
- be and remain in a particular state or condition
lie dormant
- tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
Don't lie to your parents
She lied when she told me she was only 29
- have a place in relation to something else (syn: rest)
The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West
The responsibility rests with the Allies
- assume a reclining position (syn: lie down)
lie down on the bed until you feel better

Extra examples

I know he is lying.

She lied to her husband.

The camera sometimes lies.

The injured man was lying motionless on his back.

He lay awake watching her for a long time.

The newspaper lay on the table.

It's so nice to have the time to lie about in the sun.

Lie back, dear, you'll be more comfortable.

Mother isn't feeling too well and has gone to lie down.

You'll find her in the garden, lying out in the sun.

I had pillows lying by of no use.

The islands lie at the southern end of the Kurile chain.

The route lay to the west.

They were growing impatient at lying idle so long.

Our country's economy lies in ruins.

Phrasal verbs

lie about  — hang around idly
lie down  — assume a reclining position
lie in  — originate (in)

Word forms

I/you/we/they: lie
he/she/it: lies
present participle: lying
past tense: lay
past participle: lain
singular: lie
plural: lies
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