Meaning of "lie" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /lɑɪ/ present participle lying, past tense and past participle lay, past participle lain

A2 to put your body flat on something, or to be in this position:

He lay on the bed.
She was lying on her side.

B1 to be in a place:

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

B1 to be on a particular surface:

A pen lay on the desk.

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(Definition of “lie verb” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)