Translation of "lie" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

See all translations

lieverb

uk /laɪ/ us /laɪ/

lie verb (POSITION)

A2 [ I + adv/prep, L ] present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain to be in or move into a horizontal position on a surface

躺;平躺;平卧
to lie in bed 躺在床上
to lie on a beach 躺在海滩上
to lie on your side 侧卧
A cat lay in front of the fire. 一只猫趴在炉火前。
He lies awake at night, worrying. 晚上他躺在床上焦虑不安,无法入睡。
A pen lay on the desk. 桌子上放着一支铅笔。

B1 [ I + adv/prep, L ] present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain If something lies in a particular place, position, or direction, it is in that place, position, or direction.

位于,处在,坐落在
There's an old pair of shoes of yours lying at/in the bottom of the wardrobe. 衣柜最下面放着一双你的旧鞋子。
The river lies 30 km to the south. 那条河在南面30公里处。
The team is lying third in the league. 剑桥联队在联赛中位居第三。
Here lies the body of Mary Taylor (= this is where Mary Taylor is buried). 玛丽‧泰勒葬于此处。
There are several houses lying empty in the town. 城里有几处空房子。
The town lay in ruins. 城镇已成为一片废墟。
The ship lies off (= is positioned near) the coast of Spain. 那艘船位于西班牙海岸附近。

[ I + adv/prep ] present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain to exist

存在,在
The hardest part of the competition still lies ahead of us. 比赛最艰难的阶段还在前面呢。

C2 [ I usually + adv/prep ] present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain If responsibility, blame, a decision, a choice, etc. lies with someone, they have responsibility, must make the decision, etc.

(责任、罪责、决定、选择等)在于
Responsibility for the disaster must ultimately lie with the government. 发生此次灾难的责任最终必须由政府来承担。
Where does the blame lie? 谁来承担罪责?
lie in state present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain

When the dead body of an important person lies in state, it is arranged so that the public can see and honour it before it is buried.

(重要人物的遗体埋葬前经整容后)供公众瞻仰

More examples

  • It was very uncomfortable lying on the hospital bed with my legs suspended in the air.
  • He was lying under the table in a drunken stupor.
  • The ship has been lying on the seabed for more than 50 years.
  • My dog loves lying on the rug in front of the fire.
  • The town lies halfway between Rome and Florence.

lie verb (SPEAK FALSELY)

B1 [ I ] present participle lying, past tense lied, past participle lied to say or write something that is not true in order to deceive someone

说谎,撒谎,扯谎
Are you lying to me? 你是不是在跟我撒谎?
Don't trust her - she's lying. 别信她的——她在说谎。
I suspect he lies about his age. 我怀疑他谎报了年龄。
See also

More examples

  • If you're both going to lie, at least stick to the same story and don't contradict each other!
  • He studied the men's faces carefully, trying to work out who was lying.
  • Are you accusing me of lying?
  • The prime minister reacted angrily to claims that he had lied to the House of Commons.
  • He's never lied to me before, so I have no reason to doubt his word.

lienoun [ C ]

uk /laɪ/ us /laɪ/

B1 something you say that you know is not true

谎话,瞎话
I told a lie when I said I liked her haircut. 我骗她说我喜欢她的发式。

More examples

  • It's embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.
  • I wasn't entirely honest with him, I admit, but I didn't actually tell him any lies.
  • The story was nothing but lies.
  • Under cross-examination, the witness admitted her evidence had been mostly lies.
  • It's difficult to disentangle hard fact from myth, or truth from lies.

(Translation of “lie” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)