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waylay

way·lay

waylay

 
pronunciation:
weI leI
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: waylaid, waylaying, waylays
definition 1: to attack or accost unexpectedly after lying in wait for.
The stagecoach was waylaid on its way to the next town.
synonyms:
ambush, attack
similar words:
accost, ambuscade, assail, ensnare, entrap, snare, trap
definition 2: to hinder the progress of; intercept.
Unexpected problems waylaid the construction project.
synonyms:
intercept
similar words:
ambush, buttonhole, hinder, stop, trap
derivation: waylayer (n.)