Übersetzung von “lay” — Englisch–Französisch Wörterbuch


verb transitivelay /leɪ/ ( pt pp laid )
to put carefully in a position

She laid the book on the table.
Elle a (dé)posé le livre sur la table.

Lay the shirts out flat.
Etale les chemises à plat.
=install; to put or attach permanently in place

workmen laying pipes/cables
des ouvriers installant des tuyaux/câbles
(of a bird, insect, or fish) to produce an egg

The robin had laid two eggs.
Le rouge-gorge a pondu deux œufs.
used to form phrases with some nouns
(utilisé pour former certaines expressions)
lay (the) blame
to blame
rejeter la responsabilité

The coach laid the blame on the opposing team.
L'entraîneur a rejeté la responsabilité sur l'équipe adverse.
lay claim to
to claim

fans laying claim to the tickets
des supporters réclamant les tickets
=prepare; to make ready

to lay a trap
tendre un piège
lay the table
Brit to put knives, forks, glasses, etc. on the table before eating
mettre la table

lay into

verb phrasallay into [ ˈleɪ ˌɪntu, ˈɪntə ] informal
to angrily criticize
informal passer un savon à

She laid into us for not working hard enough.
Elle nous a passé un savon parce qu'on ne travaillait pas assez dur.

lay off

verb phrasallay off [ ˈleɪ ˈɔf, ˈɒf ]
to stop employing sb

1400 workers were laid off in February.
1 400 ouvriers ont été licenciés en février
; see also layoff
informal to stop doing or having

Maybe you should lay off the alcohol for a while.
Peut-être que tu devrais arrêter l'alcool pendant un moment.

lay on

verb phrasallay on [ ˈleɪ ˈɒn, ˈɔn ]
Brit to provide food or entertainment

lay out

verb phrasallay out [ ˈleɪ ˈaʊt ]
to explain in detail

She laid out her plans for the committee.
Elle a exposé son projet pour le comité.
to arrange sth to spread across an area

She laid all her dolls out on the floor and counted them.
Elle étala ses poupées sur le sol et les compta.
to plan the arrangement of sth

The town was laid out using a grid system.
La ville est conçue selon un système de quadrillage.


lay /leɪ/ pt
see lie

(Übersetzung von “lay” aus dem GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


verb /lei/ (past tense, past participle laid /leid/)

to place, set or put (down), often carefully

She laid the clothes in a drawer / on a chair
He laid down his pencil
She laid her report before the committee.

to place in a lying position

She laid the baby on his back.

to put in order or arrange

mettre, préparer
She went to lay the table for dinner
They laid a trap.

to flatten

The animal laid back its ears
The wind laid the corn flat.

to cause to disappear or become quiet

She attempted to help him lay his ghosts to rest.

(of a bird) to produce (eggs)

The hen laid four eggs
My hens are laying well.

to bet

I’ll lay five pounds that you don’t succeed.
layer noun

a thickness or covering

The ground was covered with a layer of snow
There was a layer of clay a few feet under the ground.

something which lays, especially a hen

a good layer.
layabout noun

a lazy, idle person

He’s nothing but a layablout who sits around the house doing nothing all day.
lay-by noun (plural lay-bys)

especially in Britain, a short extra part at the side of a road for people to stop their cars in, out of the way of the traffic

aire de stationnement
She stopped in the lay-by to have a look at the map.
layout noun

the manner in which something is displayed or laid out

plan, disposition
It took me a while to familiarize myself with the layout of the building.
laid up

ill in bed

When I caught flu, I was laid up for a fortnight.
lay aside

to put away or to one side, especially to be used or dealt with at a later time

mettre de côté
She laid the books aside for later use.
lay bare

to show clearly; to expose to view

mettre à nu
They dug up the road and laid bare the water pipe
Shy people don’t like to lay bare their feelings.
lay by

to put away for future use

mettre de côté
She laid by a store of tinned vegetables.
lay down

to give up

déposer; sacrifier
They laid down their arms
The soldiers laid down their lives in the cause of peace.

to order or instruct

The rule book lays down what should be done in such a case.

to store

mettre en cave
My father laid down a good stock of wine which I am now drinking.
lay (one’s) hands on

to find or be able to obtain

mettre la main sur
I wish I could lay (my) hands on that book!

to catch

mettre la main sur
The police had been trying to lay hands on the criminal for months.
lay in

to get and store a supply of

I’ve laid in an extra stock of drinks for Christmas.
lay low

to make ill

obliger à garder le lit
I was laid low by flu, just before my exams.
lay off

to dismiss (employees) temporarily

Because of a shortage of orders, the firm has laid off a quarter of its workforce.
lay on

to provide

The staff laid on a tea party for the pupils.
lay out

to arrange over a wide area (especially according to a plan)

He was the architect who laid out the public gardens.

to spread so as to be easily seen

He laid out the contents of the box on the table.

to knock unconscious

A blow to the head laid him out.

to spend (money).


to prepare (a dead body) to be buried.

faire la toilette d’un mort
lay up

to keep or store

We laid up a good supply of apples this year from our own trees.

to put (a ship) out of use in a dock.

mettre en rade
The ship is currently laid up in the docks.
lay waste

to make (a piece of land) into barren country by burning and plundering

The invading army laid waste to the town.
lay needs an object and has laid as its past tense and past participle: He (had) laid his book down ; He will be laying his proposals before the committee tomorrow. lie takes no object and has lying as its present participle, lay as its past tense and lain as its past participle: Please lie down ; He lay down ; He had lain there for hours. lie, to be untruthful, has lying as its present participle, and lied as its past tense and past participle: She (has always) lied about her age.


adjective /lei/

not a member of the clergy

lay preachers.

not an expert or a professional (in a particular subject)

Doctors tend to use words that lay people don’t understand.
layman noun

a lay person.

laïc, profane
Can you explain that to me in layman’s terms?


noun /lei/

an epic poem.


(Übersetzung von “lay” aus dem PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)