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English definition of “lay”

lay

verb     /leɪ/ (past tense and past participle laid)
lay sth down/in/on, etc C1 to put something down somewhere carefully : She laid the baby on the bed . He laid the tray down on the table .Placing and positioning an object
[T] to put something into its correct position : to lay a carpet to lay bricks Placing and positioning an object
lay eggs B2 If an animal lays eggs , it produces them out of its body .Animal reproductionBirthPregnancy
lay the blame on sb to blame someone, usually when this is not fair : You always lay the blame on me!Blaming and accusing
lay the table UK B1 to put plates , knives , forks , etc on the table to prepare for a meal → See also put/lay your cards on the table, lay the foundation(s) for/of sth, get/lay your hands on sth, lay down the lawProviding and serving meals
(Definition of lay verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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