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lay

verb uk   /leɪ/ (laid) us  

lay verb (PUT DOWN)

C1 [T usually + adv/prep] to put something in especially a flat or horizontal position, usually carefully or for a particular purpose: She laid the baby on the bed. He laid the tray down on the table. She laid aside her book and went to answer the phone. We're having a new carpet laid in the hall next week. The plan is to lay (= build) the foundations for the new apartments in October. [T] to prepare a plan or a method of doing something: Even the best laid plans go wrong sometimes.
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lay verb (LIE)

past simple of lie verb

lay verb (PRODUCE EGGS)

B2 [I or T] (of an animal or bird) to produce eggs from out of the body: Thousands of turtles drag themselves onto the beach and lay their eggs in the sand.

lay verb (HAVE SEX)

[T] slang to have sex with someone: So did you get laid (= find someone to have sex with)?

lay verb (RISK MONEY)

[T] to risk something, usually money, on the result of an event: She won't get the job - I'd lay money on it!

lay verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to express a claim, legal statement, etc. in a serious or official way: She can't accept she made a mistake and now she's trying to lay the blame on (= accuse) her assistant. Do you understand the seriousness of the charge (= legal accusation) that has been laid against you?lay claim to sth to say that you own something: Two companies have laid claim to the design.

lay

adjective [before noun] uk   /leɪ/ us  

lay adjective [before noun] (NOT TRAINED)

not trained in or not having a detailed knowledge of a particular subject: From a lay viewpoint the questionnaire is virtually incomprehensible.
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lay adjective [before noun] (CHURCH)

having a position in a religious organization that is not a full-time job and is not paid: a lay preacher
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lay

noun [C] uk   /leɪ/ slang us  
used to describe how good someone is at sex, or how often they have sex: She's a good lay (= sex with her is enjoyable). She got a reputation as an easy lay (= she was thought to have slept with a lot of people).
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