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lie

verb  us   /lɑɪ/

lie verb (POSITION)

(present participle lying  /ˈlɑɪ·ɪŋ/ , past tense lay  /leɪ/ , past participle lain  /leɪn/ ) to be in or move into a horizontal position on a surface: [I always + adv/prep] The mechanic was lying on his back underneath my car. [I always + adv/prep] I love to lie down in front of the fire and read. [L] He lies awake at night, worrying. (present participle lying  /ˈlɑɪ·ɪŋ/ , past tense lay  /leɪ/ , past participle lain  /leɪn/ ) If something lies in a particular place, position, condition, or direction it is in that place, position, condition, or direction: [I always + adv/prep] The river lies 40 miles to the south of us. [I always + adv/prep] You shouldn’t leave that check lying around (= not in its place).

lie verb (SPEAK FALSELY)

[I/T] (present participle lying  /ˈlɑi·ɪŋ/ , past tense and past participle lied) to say something that is not true in order to deceive: [I] Both witnesses lied to the police about what happened. [T always + adv/prep] She lied her way past the guards.
lie
noun [C]  us   /lɑɪ/
(SPEAKING FALSELY) Her report is full of lies and misinformation.
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