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Translation of "lay" - English-Spanish dictionary

lay

verb /lei/ ( past tense, past participle laid /leid/)
to place, set or put (down), often carefully poner, colocar She laid the clothes in a drawer / on a chair He laid down his pencil She laid her report before the committee. to place in a lying position tender She laid the baby on his back. to put in order or arrange preparar She went to lay the table for dinner They laid a trap. to flatten tender; allanar; alisar The animal laid back its ears The wind laid the corn flat. to cause to disappear or become quiet calmar, aquietar She attempted to help him lay his ghosts to rest.. (of a bird) to produce (eggs) poner The hen laid four eggs My hens are laying well. to bet apostar I’ll lay five pounds that you don’t succeed. layer noun a thickness or covering capa The ground was covered with a layer of snow There was a layer of clay a few feet under the ground. something which lays, especially a hen ponedora a good layer. layabout noun a lazy, idle person holgazán, vago He’s nothing but a layablout who sits around the house doing nothing all day. lay-by noun ( plural lay-bys) especially in Britain, a short extra part at the side of a road for people to stop their cars in, out of the way of the traffic área de aparcamiento, área de estacionamiento She stopped in the lay-by to have a look at the map. layout noun the manner in which something is displayed or laid out disposición It took me a while to familiarize myself with the layout of the building. laid up ill in bed estar postrado, estar en cama When I caught flu, I was laid up for a fortnight. lay aside phrasal verb to put away or to one side, especially to be used or dealt with at a later time dejar a un lado She laid the books aside for later use. lay bare to show clearly; to expose to view mostrar They dug up the road and laid bare the water pipe Shy people don’t like to lay bare their feelings. lay by phrasal verb to put away for future use guardar, ahorrar She laid by a store of tinned vegetables. lay down phrasal verb to give up entregar They laid down their arms The soldiers laid down their lives in the cause of peace. to order or instruct imponer, fijar The rule book lays down what should be done in such a case. to store guardar (en bodega) My father laid down a good stock of wine which I am now drinking. lay (one’s) hands on to find or be able to obtain pillar algo I wish I could lay (my) hands on that book! to catch pillar a alguien The police had been trying to lay hands on the criminal for months. lay in phrasal verb to get and store a supply of proveerse de I’ve laid in an extra stock of drinks for Christmas. lay low to make ill estar enfermo I was laid low by flu, just before my exams. lay off phrasal verb to dismiss (employees) temporarily despedir Because of a shortage of orders, the firm has laid off a quarter of its workforce. lay on phrasal verb to provide facilitar, suministrar The staff laid on a tea party for the pupils. lay out phrasal verb to arrange over a wide area (especially according to a plan) disponer, colocar He was the architect who laid out the public gardens. to spread so as to be easily seen extender He laid out the contents of the box on the table. to knock unconscious dejar fuera de combate A blow to the head laid him out. to spend (money). desembolsar to prepare (a dead body) to be buried. amortajar lay up phrasal verb to keep or store almacenar We laid up a good supply of apples this year from our own trees. to put (a ship) out of use in a dock atracar The ship is currently laid up in the docks. lay waste to make (a piece of land) into barren country by burning and plundering arrasar, asolar The invading army laid waste to the town. lay needs an object and has laid as its past tense and past participle: He (had) laid his book down ; He will be laying his proposals before the committee tomorrow. lie takes no object and has lying as its present participle, lay as its past tense and lain as its past participle: Please lie down ; He lay down ; He had lain there for hours. lie, to be untruthful, has lying as its present participle, and lied as its past tense and past participle: She (has always) lied about her age.
(Definition of lay from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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