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lax not rigorous, strict, or careful; loose; lenient. [3 definitions]
laxative a substance used medicinally to relieve constipation. [2 definitions]
laxity the state or quality of being careless or slack; looseness.
lay1 to place, put, or spread over a surface. [16 definitions]
lay2 of the laity, as distinguished from the clergy. [2 definitions]
lay3 past tense of lie2.
lay analyst a psychoanalyst who has no medical degree.
layaway a plan to buy something from a store by paying a part of the price every week. You get the thing after you have paid the whole price.
layaway plan a method of purchasing in which a buyer makes a down payment on an item but does not take possession of it until the entire price has been paid, usu. in subsequent regular installments.
lay claim to to declare one's right to or ownership of.
lay day any of several days allowed for loading or unloading a ship without extra charge.
layer a thickness of something that is spread over a surface. [5 definitions]
layer cake a cake made in two or more layers that are separated by icing, preserves, or the like.
layette a complete outfit of clothes and personal care items for a newborn infant.
lay eyes on to get a view of; see.
lay figure a jointed, usu. wooden model of the human body, used by artists as a substitute for a live model.
layman a person who is a member of a religious congregation but not of the clergy. [2 definitions]
layoff the dismissal or temporary suspension of employees. [2 definitions]
lay off to cease employing (someone).
lay of the land the existing circumstances or state of affairs.
layout an arrangement, design, or plan as shown either by laying its components out in a drawing or model, or by the structure itself on its actual site. [4 definitions]