lie verb (POSITION)
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.:
- 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.
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lie verb (SPEAK FALSELY)
- 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/
- 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.