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English definition of “lay sth out”

lay sth out

phrasal verb with lay     /leɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle laid)
ARRANGE to arrange something on a surface : He'd laid his tools out all over the kitchen floor .Classifying and creating order
EXPLAIN to explain something clearly , usually in writing: I've just laid out some proposals .Classifying and creating order
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