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English definition of “lay”

lay

verb (PUT DOWN)    /leɪ/ (laid)
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 .Placing and positioning an object [T] to prepare a plan or a method of doing something: Even the best laid plans go wrong sometimes.PreparingPlanning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping Grammar:Lay or lie?The verb lay means ‘to put something down carefully in a flat position’. It must have an object. It is a regular verb, but note the spelling of the past simple and -ed form: laid not layed:
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