lay sth out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"lay sth out" in British English

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lay sth out

phrasal verb with lay uk   us   /leɪ/ verb (laid)

lay sth out (ARRANGE)

C1 to ​arrange something on a ​flatsurface: Most of Manhattan is ​laid out in/on a ​gridpattern. We ​laid the ​pieces of the ​dresspattern out on the ​floor.

lay sth out (SPEND MONEY)

C2 informal to ​spendmoney, ​especially a ​largeamount: It's not every ​day you ​lay out $500 on a ​dress.
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lay sth out (EXPLAIN)

C1 to ​explain something ​clearly, usually in writing: The ​code of ​practicelays out very ​clearly what the ​duties of the ​registrar are.
(Definition of lay sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lay sth out" in Business English

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lay sth out

phrasal verb with lay uk   us   /leɪ/ verb [T] (laid, laid)
to explain or describe something in a ​clear and detailed way: Our ​socialmediaapproach was ​laid out in the ​agenda.lay sth out for sb He didn't understand that I was ​firing him, so I ​laid it out for him.
to ​design or ​arrange something in a useful way: We ​laid out the web ​page so that the ​links were more clearly visible.
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(Definition of lay sth out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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