Meaning of “lie down” in the English Dictionary

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lie down

phrasal verb with lie uk /laɪ/ us /laɪ/ verb

A2 to move into a position in which your body is flat, usually in order to sleep or rest:

He lay down on the bed and tried to relax.

More examples

  • Why don't you lie down on the sofa for a while?
  • The doctor asked him to lie down on his stomach.
  • We all lay down on the floor.
  • The animals lay down on the hay.
  • I'm so tired - I need to lie down.

lie-downnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌlaɪˈdaʊn/ us /ˌlaɪˈdaʊn/ mainly UK informal

a short rest, usually in or on a bed:

I usually have a lie-down after lunch.
She said she was going for a lie-down.

(Definition of “lie down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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