lay translation English to Spanish: Cambridge Dictionary

Translation of "lay" - English-Spanish dictionary


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 She laid the baby on his back. to put in order or arrange
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)
The hen laid four eggs My hens are laying well.
to bet
I’ll lay five pounds that you don’t succeed.
layer noun a thickness or covering
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
to prepare (a dead body) to be buried.
lay up phrasal verb to keep or store
We laid up a good supply of apples this year from our own trees.
to put (a ship) out of use in a dock
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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