English dictionary


la |ˌel ˈeɪ| — a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth

la-di-da |ˌlɑː di ˈdɑː| — affectedly genteel

laager |ˈlɑːɡər| — a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons

lab |læb| — a workplace for the conduct of scientific research

label |ˈleɪbl| — a brief description given for purposes of identification

labeled |ˈleɪbəld| — bearing or marked with a label or tag

labelled |ˈleɪbəld| — bearing or marked with a label or tag

labial |ˈleɪbiəl| — a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips

labialize  — pronounce with rounded lips

labiate |ˈleɪbiːeɪt| — having lips or parts that resemble lips

labile |ˈleɪbɪl| — (chemistry, physics, biology) readily undergoing change or breakdown

labiodental |ˌleɪbioʊˈdentl| — a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth

labor |ˈleɪbər| — a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

labor-intensive |ˌleɪbərɪnˈtensɪv| — requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital

laboratory |ˈlæbrətɔːri| — a workplace for the conduct of scientific research

labored |ˈleɪbr̩d| — lacking natural ease

laborer |ˈleɪbərər| — someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

laboring |ˈleɪbərɪŋ| — doing arduous or unpleasant work

laborious |ləˈbɔːriəs| — characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

labour |ˈleɪbər| — a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

labour-intensive |ˌleɪbərɪnˈtɛnsɪv| — requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital

laboured |ˈleɪbərd| — lacking natural ease

labourer |ˈleɪbərər| — someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

labouring |ˈleɪbərɪŋ| — doing arduous or unpleasant work

labourite |ˈleɪbəraɪt| — a member of the British Labour Party

laburnum |ləˈbɜːrnəm| — flowering shrubs or trees having bright yellow flowers; all parts of the plant are poisonous

labyrinth |ˈlæbərɪnθ| — complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

labyrinthine |ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn| — resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity

lac |lak| — resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax

lace |leɪs| — a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)

lace into |ˈleɪs ˌɪnˈtuː| — hit violently, as in an attack

lacerate |ˈlæsəreɪt| — cut or tear irregularly

lacerated |ˈlæsəreɪtɪd| — irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn

laceration |ˌlæsəˈreɪʃn| — a torn ragged wound

lachrymal |ˈlakrəməl| — of or relating to tears

lachrymatory |ˈlækrʌmətɔːriː| — relating to or prompting tears

lachrymose |ˈlækrɪmoʊs| — showing sorrow

lacing |ˈleɪsɪŋ| — a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage

lack |læk| — the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

lackadaisical |ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkl| — lacking spirit or liveliness

lackadaisically |ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkəli| — in an idle and lackadaisical manner

lackey |ˈlæki| — a male servant (especially a footman)

lacking |ˈlækɪŋ| — inadequate in amount or degree

lackluster |ˈlæˌkləstər| — lacking brilliance or vitality

lacklustre |ˈlæklʌstər| — lacking brilliance or vitality

laconic |ləˈkɑːnɪk| — brief and to the point; effectively cut short

lacquer |ˈlækər| — a black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish

lacrimal |ˈlækrɪməl| — of or relating to tears

lacrosse |ləˈkrɔːs| — a game invented by American Indians; now played by two teams who use long-handled rackets to catch and carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal

lactation |lækˈteɪʃn| — the period following birth during which milk is secreted

lacteal |ˈlæktiːəl| — any of the lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct

lactic |ˈlaktik| — of or relating to or obtained from milk (especially sour milk or whey)

lactose |ˈlæktoʊs| — a sugar comprising one glucose molecule linked to a galactose molecule; occurs only in milk

lacuna |ləˈkjuːnə| — a blank gap or missing part

lacustrine |ləˈkəstrən| — of or relating to or living near lakes

lacy |ˈleɪsi| — made of or resembling lace

lad |læd| — a boy or man

ladder |ˈlædər| — steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down

laddie |ˈlædi| — a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)

lade |ˈleɪd| — remove with or as if with a ladle

laden |ˈleɪdn| — remove with or as if with a ladle

lading |ˈleɪdɪŋ| — goods carried by a large vehicle

ladino |ləˈdiːnoʊ| — the Spanish dialect spoken by Sephardic Jews but written in the Hebrew script

ladle |ˈleɪdl| — a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another

lady |ˈleɪdi| — a polite name for any woman

lady-in-waiting |ˌleɪdɪ ɪn ˈweɪtɪŋ| — a lady appointed to attend to a queen or princess

ladybird |ˈleɪdibɜːrd| — small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests

ladybug |ˈleɪdiˌbəɡ| — small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests

ladylike |ˈleɪdilaɪk| — befitting a woman of good breeding

ladylove  — a woman who is a man's sweetheart

ladyship |ˈleɪdiʃɪp| — a title used to address any peeress except a duchess

lag |læɡ| — the act of slowing down or falling behind

lagan |ˈlaɡən| — goods (or wreckage) on the sea bed that is attached to a buoy so that it can be recovered

lager |ˈlɑːɡər| — a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons

laggard |ˈlæɡərd| — someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

lagging |ˈlæɡɪŋ| — insulation used to wrap around pipes or boilers or laid in attics to prevent loss of heat

lagoon |ləˈɡuːn| — a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral

laguna |ləˈɡuːnə| — a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral

lagune  — a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral

laic |ˈleɪɪk| — characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

laicize |ˈleɪɪsaɪz| — reduce to lay status

laid |leɪd| — set down according to a plan

lair |ler| — the habitation of wild animals

laird |lerd| — a landowner

laissez-faire |ˈfer| — with minimally restricted freedom in commerce

laity |ˈleɪəti| — in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy

lake |leɪk| — a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

lakh |læk| — the cardinal number that is the fifth power of ten

lam |læm| — a rapid escape (as by criminals)

lama |ˈlɑːmə| — a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism

lamasery |ˈlɑːməsəri| — a monastery for lamas

lamb |læm| — young sheep

lambaste |læmˈbeɪst| — beat with a cane

lambda |ˈlæmdə| — the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet

lambency |ˈlæmbənsi| — an appearance of reflected light

lambent |ˈlambənt| — softly bright or radiant

lambkin |ˈlamkən| — a very young lamb

lamblike |ˈlæmˌlaɪk| — like a lamb in meekness and gentleness

lambrequin |ˈlambərkin -brə-| — a scarf that covers a knight's helmet

lambskin |ˈlamskin| — the skin of a lamb with the wool still on

lame |leɪm| — someone who doesn't understand what is going on

lamella |ləˈmelə| — any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus

lameness |ˈleɪmnəs| — disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet

lament |ləˈment| — a cry of sorrow and grief

lamentable |ˈlæməntəbl| — bad; unfortunate

lamentably |ˈlæməntəbli| — in an unfortunate or deplorable manner

lamentation |ˌlæmənˈteɪʃn| — a cry of sorrow and grief

lamia |ˈleɪmiə| — (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living

lamina |ˈlamənə| — a thin plate or layer (especially of bone or mineral)

laminar |ˈlamənər| — arranged in or consisting of laminae

laminate |ˈlæmɪnət| — a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers

lamination |ˌlæmʌˈneɪʃən| — a layered structure

Lammas |ˈlaməs| — commemorates Saint Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison; a quarter day in Scotland; a harvest festival in England

lamp |læmp| — an artificial source of visible illumination

lampblack |ˈlampˌblak| — a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink

lamplight |ˈlæmplaɪt| — light from a lamp

lamplighter |ˈlæmˌplaɪtər| — (when gas was used for streetlights) a person who lights and extinguishes streetlights

lampoon |læmˈpuːn| — a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

lampooner |læmˈpuːnə| — mimics literary or musical style for comic effect

lamppost |ˈlæmpoʊst| — a metal post supporting an outdoor lamp (such as a streetlight)

lamprey |ˈlæmpri| — primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue

lampshade |ˈlæmpʃeɪd| — a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view

lanate  — covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments

Lancastrian |ˌlæŋˈkæstriən| — a member (or supporter) of the house of Lancaster

lance |læns| — a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

lanceolate |ˈlænsiəˌlet| — (of a leaf shape) shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex

lancer |ˈlænsər| — (formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance

lancet |ˈlænsɪt| — an acutely pointed Gothic arch, like a lance

lancinating |ˈlɑːnsɪˌneɪtiːŋ| — painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

land |lænd| — the land on which real estate is located

landau |ˈlændɔː| — Soviet physicist who worked on low temperature physics (1908-1968)

landed |ˈlændɪd| — owning or consisting of land or real estate

lander |ˈlandər| — a town in central Wyoming

landfall |ˈlændfɔːl| — the seacoast first sighted on a voyage (or flight over water)

landfill |ˈlændfɪl| — a low area that has been filled in

landgrave |ˈlændˌɡrev| — a count who had jurisdiction over a large territory in medieval Germany

landholder |ˈlændhoʊldər| — a holder or proprietor of land

landing |ˈlændɪŋ| — an intermediate platform in a staircase

landlady |ˈlændleɪdi| — a landlord who is a woman

landless |ˈlændləs| — owning no land

landlocked |ˈlændlɑːkt| — surrounded entirely or almost entirely by land

landlord |ˈlændlɔːrd| — a landowner who leases to others

landlubber |ˈlændlʌbər| — a person who lives and works on land

landmark |ˈlændmɑːrk| — the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape

landmass |ˈlændˌmæs| — a large continuous extent of land

landowner |ˈlændoʊnər| — a holder or proprietor of land

landscape |ˈlændskeɪp| — an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view

landscaper |ˈlændˌskepər| — someone who arranges features of the landscape or garden attractively

landscaping |ˈlændˌskepɪŋ| — working as a landscape gardener

landslide |ˈlændslaɪd| — an overwhelming electoral victory

landslip |ˈlændslɪp| — a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff

landsman |ˈlan(d)zmən| — a person who lives and works on land

landward |ˈlændwərd| — toward land

landwards  — toward land

lane |leɪn| — a narrow way or road

langsyne |ˌlæŋˈsaɪn| — past times remembered with nostalgia

language |ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ| — a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

languid |ˈlæŋɡwɪd| — lacking spirit or liveliness

languish |ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ| — lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

languor |ˈlæŋɡər| — a relaxed comfortable feeling

languorous |ˈlænɡərəs| — lacking spirit or liveliness

laniard |ˈlænjʌrd| — a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon

lank |læŋk| — long and thin and often limp

lanky |ˈlæŋki| — tall and thin and having long slender limbs

lanolin |ˈlænəlɪn| — a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics

lantern |ˈlæntərn| — light in a transparent protective case

lanthanum |ˈlænθənəm| — a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth

lanyard |ˈlænjərd| — a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon

lap |læp| — the upper side of the thighs of a seated person

lapboard  — writing board used on the lap as a table or desk

lapel |ləˈpel| — lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar

lapidary |ˈlæpɪderi| — an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them

lapidate |ˈlæpɪˌdeɪt| — kill by throwing stones at

lapidify |ləˈpɪdəˌfaɪ| — change into stone

lapin |ˈlæˌpɪn| — the fur of a rabbit

Lapp |lap| — a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer

lappet |ˈlapət| — a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards

Lappish |ˈlæpɪʃ| — any of the languages spoken by the Lapps and generally assumed to be Uralic languages

lapse |læps| — a mistake resulting from inattention

lapsed |læpst| — no longer active or practicing

laptop |ˈlæptɑːp| — a portable computer small enough to use in your lap

lapwing |ˈlæpwɪŋ| — large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs

larboard |ˈlɑːrbəd| — the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose

larcenous |ˈlɑːrsənəs| — having a disposition to steal

larceny |ˈlɑːrsəni| — the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

larch |lɑːrtʃ| — wood of a larch tree

lard |lɑːrd| — soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog

larder |ˈlɑːrdər| — a supply of food especially for a household

large |lɑːrdʒ| — a garment size for a large person

large-headed  — having a large head

large-hearted |ˈhɑːrtɪd| — showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

large-minded |ˈlɑːrdʒˈmaɪndɪd| — showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

large-scale |ˈlɑːrdʒ skeɪl| — unusually large in scope

largely |ˈlɑːrdʒli| — in large part; mainly or chiefly

largeness |ˈlɑːrdʒnəs| — the capacity to understand a broad range of topics

larger |ˈlɑːrdʒər| — large or big relative to something else

largess |ˈlɑːrdʒəs| — a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously

largesse |lɑːrˈdʒes| — a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously

lariat |ˈleriət| — a long noosed rope used to catch animals

lark |lɑːrk| — North American songbirds having a yellow breast

lark about |ˈlɑːrk əˈbaʊt| — play boisterously

larkspur |ˈlɑːrkspɜːr| — any of numerous cultivated plants of the genus Delphinium

larrup |ˈlerəp| — give a spanking to; subject to a spanking

larva |ˈlɑːrvə| — the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose

larval |ˈlɑːrvl| — immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage

laryngeal |ləˈrɪndʒiəl| — of or relating to or situated in the larynx

laryngitis |ˌlærɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs| — inflammation of the mucous membrane of the larynx; characterized by hoarseness or loss of voice and coughing

laryngoscope |ləˈrɪŋɡəˌskoʊp| — a medical instrument for examining the larynx

larynx |ˈlærɪŋks| — a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech

Lascar |ˈlaskər| — an East Indian sailor

lascivious |ləˈsɪviəs| — driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires

laser |ˈleɪzər| — an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation; an optical device that produces an intense monochromatic beam of coherent light

lash |læʃ| — any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids

lash out |ˈlæʃ ˈaʊt| — attack in speech or writing

lash-up |ˈlæʃ ʌp| — any improvised arrangement for temporary use

lasher |ˈlæʃər| — a driver who urges the animals on with lashes of a whip

lashing |ˈlæʃɪŋ| — beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment

lass |læs| — a girl or young woman who is unmarried

lassie |ˈlæsi| — a girl or young woman who is unmarried

lassitude |ˈlæsɪtuːd| — a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)

lasso |ˈlæsoʊ| — Belgian composer (1532-1594)

last |læst| — the temporal end; the concluding time

last-minute |ˌlɑːstˈmɪnɪt| — just before a deadline; at the last minute

lasting |ˈlæstɪŋ| — existing for a long time

lastly |ˈlæstli| — the item at the end

latch |lætʃ| — spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key

latchkey |ˈlætʃkiː| — key for raising or drawing back a latch or opening an outside door

late |leɪt| — after the expected or usual time; delayed

lateen |ləˈtiːn| — a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean

lately |ˈleɪtli| — in the recent past

latency |ˈleɪtənsi| — (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head

lateness |ˈleɪtnəs| — quality of coming late or later in time

latent |ˈleɪtnt| — potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

later |ˈleɪtər| — coming at a subsequent time or stage

lateral |ˈlætərəl| — a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer

laterally |ˈlætərəli| — to or by or from the side

latest |ˈleɪt̬ɪst| — the most recent news or development

latex |ˈleɪteks| — a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air

lath |læθ| — a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework

lathe |leɪð| — machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool

lathee |ˈlɑːtiː| — club consisting of a heavy stick (often bamboo) bound with iron; used by police in India

lather |ˈlæðər| — the froth produced by soaps or detergents

lathery |ˈlæðʌriː| — resembling lather or covered with lather

lathi |ˈlɑːtiː| — club consisting of a heavy stick (often bamboo) bound with iron; used by police in India

Latin |ˈlætn| — any dialect of the language of ancient Rome

latinize |ˈlætɪnaɪz| — write in the Latin alphabet

latish |ˈleɪtɪʃ| — somewhat late

latitude |ˈlætɪtuːd| — the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself

latrine |ləˈtriːn| — a public toilet in a military area

latter |ˈlætər| — the second of two or the second mentioned of two

latter-day |ˈlætə deɪ| — belonging to the present or recent times

latterly |ˈlætərli| — in the recent past

lattice |ˈlætɪs| — an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions

latticed |ˈlætɪst| — having a pattern of fretwork or latticework

Latvian |ˈlætviən| — a native or inhabitant of Latvia

laud |lɔːd| — praise, glorify, or honor

laudable |ˈlɔːdəbl| — worthy of high praise

laudanum |ˈlɔːdənəm| — narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient

laudatory |ˈlɔːdətɔːri| — full of or giving praise

laugh |læf| — the sound of laughing

laugh away |ˈlæf əˈweɪ| — deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it

laugh off |ˈlæf ˈɒf| — deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it

laughable |ˈlæfəbl| — so unreasonable as to invite derision

laughing |ˈlæfɪŋ| — showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness

laughingstock |ˈlæfɪŋˌstɑk| — a victim of ridicule or pranks

laughter |ˈlæftər| — the sound of laughing

launch |lɔːntʃ| — a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck

launcher |ˈlɔːntʃər| — armament in the form of a device capable of launching a rocket

launching |ˈlɒntʃɪŋ| — the act of moving a newly built vessel into the water for the first time

launder |ˈlɔːndər| — cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

launderette |lɔːnˈdret| — a self-service laundry (service mark Laundromat) where coin-operated washing machines are available to individual customers

laundering |ˈlɒndərɪŋ| — washing clothes and bed linens

laundress |ˈlɔːrndrɪs| — a working woman who takes in washing

laundry |ˈlɔːndri| — garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

laundryman |ˈlɔːrndrɪmæn| — operates industrial washing machine

laureate |ˈlɔːriət| — someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath

laurel |ˈlɔːrəl| — any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family

laurelled |ˈlɒrəld| — crowned with or as if with laurel symbolizing victory

laurels |ˈlɔːrəlz| — a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

lava |ˈlɑːvə| — rock that in its molten form (as magma) issues from volcanos; lava is what magma is called when it reaches the surface

lavalier  — jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck

lavaliere  — jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck

lavatory |ˈlævətɔːri| — a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

lave |ˈleɪv| — wash or flow against

lavender |ˈlævəndər| — any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated

lavish |ˈlævɪʃ| — expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

lavishly |ˈlævɪʃli| — in a wasteful manner

lavishness  — the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive

law |lɔː| — the collection of rules imposed by authority

law-abiding |ˈlɔː əbaɪdɪŋ| — (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs

lawbreaker |ˈlɔːbreɪkər| — someone who violates the law

lawful |ˈlɔːfl| — according to custom or rule or natural law

lawgiver |ˈlɔːrɡɪvər| — a maker of laws; someone who gives a code of laws

lawless |ˈlɔːləs| — without law or control

lawlessness |ˈlɔːləsnəs| — a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

lawmaker |ˈlɔːmeɪkər| — a maker of laws; someone who gives a code of laws

lawmaking |ˈlɒˌmekɪŋ| — the act of making or enacting laws

lawman |ˈlɔːmæn| — an officer of the law

lawn |lɔːn| — a field of cultivated and mowed grass

laws |ˈlɒz| — the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit

lawsuit |ˈlɔːsuːt| — a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

lawyer |ˈlɔːjər| — a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

lax |læks| — lacking in rigor or strictness

laxative |ˈlæksətɪv| — a mild cathartic

laxity |ˈlæksəti| — the condition of being physiologically lax

lay |leɪ| — a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

lay aside |ˈleɪ əˈsaɪd| — accumulate money for future use

lay down |ˈleɪ ˈdaʊn| — institute, enact, or establish

lay in |ˈleɪ ɪn| — keep or lay aside for future use

lay off |ˈleɪ ˈɒf| — put an end to a state or an activity

lay out |ˈleɪ ˈaʊt| — lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

lay over |ˈleɪ ˈoʊvr̩| — interrupt a journey temporarily, e.g., overnight

lay up |ˈleɪ ʌp| — disable or confine, as with an illness

lay-by |baɪ| — designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarily

lay-up |ˈleɪˈəp| — a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket (and usually banked off the backboard)

layabout |ˈleɪəbaʊt| — person who does no work

layer |ˈler| — single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

layered |ˈleɪərd| — with one layer on top of another

layette |leɪˈet| — kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby

laying |ˈleɪɪŋ| — the production of eggs (especially in birds)

layman |ˈleɪmən| — someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

layoff |ˈleiˌɔf| — the act of laying off an employee or a work force

layout |ˈleɪaʊt| — a plan or design of something that is laid out

layover |ˈleɪoʊvər| — a brief stay in the course of a journey

layperson |ˈleɪpɜːrsn| — someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

layup  — a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket (and usually banked off the backboard)

lazar |ˈleɪzər| — a person afflicted with leprosy

lazaret |ˌlæzəˈret| — hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)

lazaretto |ˌlæzəˈretoʊ| — hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)

Lazarus |ˈlæzərəs| — the person who Jesus raised from the dead after four days in the tomb; this miracle caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put him to death

laze |leɪz| — be idle; exist in a changeless situation

laziness |ˈleɪzinəs| — inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

lazy |ˈleɪzi| — moving slowly and gently

lazybones |ˈleɪziboʊnz| — a lazy person