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English definition of “lay”

lay

verb (EXPRESS)    /leɪ/ (laid)
[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) which has been laid against you?Announcing, informing and stating lay claim to sth to say that you own something: Two companies have laid claim to the design.Having and owning - general words
(Definition of lay verb (EXPRESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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