/lɑɪ/v(present participlelying/ˈlɑɪ·ɪŋ/, past tenselay/leɪ/, past participlelain/leɪn/)(POSITION)
›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.›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).