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English definition of “lay”

lay

verb [T] (PUT DOWN)   /leɪ/ (past tense and past participle laid  /leɪd/)
to put something down, esp . into a flat or horizontal position : He laid his coat on a chair . She laid the baby (down) in her crib . To lay is also to put down in a careful or systematic way for a particular purpose : We’re having a new carpet laid in the hall next week .
(Definition of lay verb (PUT DOWN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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