Meaning of “lie” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I ] us uk /laɪ/ present participle lying, past tense lay, past participle lain
lie in/on, etc

A2 to be in a horizontal or flat position on a surface:

to lie in bed
to lie on a beach
to lie on your side
The pen lay on the desk.
She had lain where she fell until morning.

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lie below/in/on/to, etc

B1 to be in a particular place:

The river lies 30 km to the south of the city.

(Definition of “lie verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)