Translation of "lay" - English-Spanish dictionary


uk /leɪ/ us /leɪ/

past tense of lie1

pasado simple de “lie”
verb uk /leɪ/ us /leɪ/ present participle laying, past tense and past participle laid

to put something down somewhere

She laid the baby on the bed.
He laid the plate on the table.

If an animal lays an egg, an egg comes out of its body.

lay the table UK

B1 to put plates, knives, forks, etc. on the table before a meal

poner la mesa

Phrasal verb(s)

(Translation of “lay” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /lei/ (past tense, past participle laid /leid/)

to place, set or put (down), often carefully

poner, colocar
She laid the clothes in a drawer / on a chair
He laid down his pencil
She laid her report before the committee.

to place in a lying position

She laid the baby on his back.

to put in order or arrange

She went to lay the table for dinner
They laid a trap.

to flatten

tender; allanar; alisar
The animal laid back its ears
The wind laid the corn flat.

to cause to disappear or become quiet

calmar, aquietar
She attempted to help him lay his ghosts to rest..

(of a bird) to produce (eggs)

The hen laid four eggs
My hens are laying well.

to bet

I’ll lay five pounds that you don’t succeed.
layer noun

a thickness or covering

The ground was covered with a layer of snow
There was a layer of clay a few feet under the ground.

something which lays, especially a hen

a good layer.
layabout noun

a lazy, idle person

holgazán, vago
He’s nothing but a layablout who sits around the house doing nothing all day.
lay-by noun (plural lay-bys)

especially in Britain, a short extra part at the side of a road for people to stop their cars in, out of the way of the traffic

área de aparcamiento, área de estacionamiento
She stopped in the lay-by to have a look at the map.
layout noun

the manner in which something is displayed or laid out

It took me a while to familiarize myself with the layout of the building.
laid up

ill in bed

estar postrado, estar en cama
When I caught flu, I was laid up for a fortnight.
lay aside phrasal verb

to put away or to one side, especially to be used or dealt with at a later time

dejar a un lado
She laid the books aside for later use.
lay bare

to show clearly; to expose to view

They dug up the road and laid bare the water pipe
Shy people don’t like to lay bare their feelings.
lay by phrasal verb

to put away for future use

guardar, ahorrar
She laid by a store of tinned vegetables.
lay down phrasal verb

to give up

They laid down their arms
The soldiers laid down their lives in the cause of peace.

to order or instruct

imponer, fijar
The rule book lays down what should be done in such a case.

to store

guardar (en bodega)
My father laid down a good stock of wine which I am now drinking.
lay (one’s) hands on

to find or be able to obtain

pillar algo
I wish I could lay (my) hands on that book!

to catch

pillar a alguien
The police had been trying to lay hands on the criminal for months.
lay in phrasal verb

to get and store a supply of

proveerse de
I’ve laid in an extra stock of drinks for Christmas.
lay low

to make ill

estar enfermo
I was laid low by flu, just before my exams.
lay off phrasal verb

to dismiss (employees) temporarily

Because of a shortage of orders, the firm has laid off a quarter of its workforce.
lay on phrasal verb

to provide

facilitar, suministrar
The staff laid on a tea party for the pupils.
lay out phrasal verb

to arrange over a wide area (especially according to a plan)

disponer, colocar
He was the architect who laid out the public gardens.

to spread so as to be easily seen

He laid out the contents of the box on the table.

to knock unconscious

dejar fuera de combate
A blow to the head laid him out.

to spend (money).


to prepare (a dead body) to be buried.

lay up phrasal verb

to keep or store

We laid up a good supply of apples this year from our own trees.

to put (a ship) out of use in a dock

The ship is currently laid up in the docks.
lay waste

to make (a piece of land) into barren country by burning and plundering

arrasar, asolar
The invading army laid waste to the town.
lay needs an object and has laid as its past tense and past participle: He (had) laid his book down ; He will be laying his proposals before the committee tomorrow. lie takes no object and has lying as its present participle, lay as its past tense and lain as its past participle: Please lie down ; He lay down ; He had lain there for hours. lie, to be untruthful, has lying as its present participle, and lied as its past tense and past participle: She (has always) lied about her age.

(Translation of “lay” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)