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lie2

 
pronunciation:
laI
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: lies, lying, lay, lain
definition 1: to be in or place oneself in a flat, horizontal, or reclining position.
I'm tired; I'm going to lie down.The dog was lying happily in front of the fire.Exhausted, she lay on the bed and promptly fell asleep.The teenagers were sunburned, having lain on the beach all day.The cat loves to lie about in the sun.
synonyms:
recline, stretch
similar words:
couch, lounge, relax, repose, rest
definition 2: to rest or remain, as on or under a surface or in an inactive state.
The magazine lay open on the coffee table, so I glanced at the ads on the page.His clothes were lying all over the floor.
synonyms:
repose, rest
similar words:
abide, loll, lounge, remain, rest, ride
definition 3: to be situated.
The road lies to the west.
synonyms:
sit
similar words:
be, repose, rest, stand
definition 4: to be placed; exist (fol. by "on," "with," or "upon").
The responsibility of this decision lies with him.The burden of their care lies on their daughter.
synonyms:
rest
similar words:
reside
definition 5: to consist.
The solution lies in reform.
synonyms:
consist, inhere
similar words:
be, found
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the manner or position in which something lies.
synonyms:
position
similar words:
lay, place
definition 2: the place where a land animal or fish stays or hides.
similar words:
den, hiding, hole, lair
definition 3: the position of a golf ball in relation to the difficulty of the next shot.
a good lie
synonyms:
location, situation
similar words:
condition, place, position
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word lye (a harsh substance)? Lie and lye sound alike but have different meanings.