Lay in a sentence

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Definition of Lay

  • of Lie, to recline.
  • Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
  • Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
  • A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
  • A melody; any musical utterance.
  • To cause to lie down, to be prostrate, or to lie against something; to put or set down; to deposit; as, to lay a book on the table; to lay a body in the grave; a shower lays the dust.
  • To place in position; to establish firmly; to arrange with regularity; to dispose in ranks or tiers; as, to lay a corner stone; to lay bricks in a wall; to lay the covers on a table.
  • To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
  • To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
  • To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
  • To cause to lie dead or dying.
  • To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
  • To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
  • To apply; to put.
  • To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
  • To impute; to charge; to allege.
  • To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
  • To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
  • To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
  • To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
  • To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them; as, to lay a cable or rope.
  • To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
  • To place (new type) properly in the cases.
  • To produce and deposit eggs.
  • To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
  • To lay a wager; to bet.
  • That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood.
  • A wager.
  • A job, price, or profit.
  • A share of the proceeds or profits of an enterprise; as, when a man ships for a whaling voyage, he agrees for a certain lay.
  • A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea.
  • The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3.
  • A plan; a scheme.
  • a narrative poem of popular origin
  • a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  • put into a certain place or abstract location
  • put in a horizontal position
  • lay eggs
  • prepare or position for action or operation
  • impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

How to use lay in a sentence. Lay pronunciation.

Yet I felt that I must needs go and lay my hand in love upon the door of the empty hut which had been ever as thee left it.
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My father reads it over and over, and shakes his head sadly, for, truth is, he has a fear that the world may lay its hand upon thee.
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At his feet lay the great mosque, and the citadel, whose guns controlled the city, could pour into it a lava stream of shot and shell.
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Both rooms belonged to a spacious suite which lay between the harem and the major portion of the Palace.
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He lurched, rolled over on the floor, and lay still.
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She seemed not to realise, as did David, the awful position in which they were placed, the deed which David had done, the significance of the thing that lay at their feet.
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Her perfect safety lay in instant flight.
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Perhaps he cared for her; perhaps that was why he smiled as he lay upon his bed, never to move again.
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Yet she felt that caution must mark her words, and that nothing but danger lay in resentment.
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Danger lay in every direction, but, to her mind, the least danger lay in following Nahoum's wish.
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It lay there for a moment.
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No wind-just the stars, and the ultramarine, and the nothing to do but lay me down and sleep.
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He was on the threshold of his career: action had not yet begun; he was standing like a swimmer on a high shore, looking into depths beneath which have never been plumbed by mortal man, wondering what currents, what rocks, lay beneath the surface of the blue.
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Just before dawn the curtain of Nahoum's room was drawn aside, the Armenian entered stealthily, and moved a step towards the couch where David lay.
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He lay with an arm thrown over his head, resting softly, a moisture on his forehead as on that of a sleeping child.
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And now this new-comer who would rule Kaid, and lay his hand upon Egypt like Joseph of old, and bring back Nahoum, to the shame of every Muslim-behold, the spark is to the tinder, it shall burn.
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Had he not risen with the voice still in his ears and fled to the harem, seeking Zaida, she who had never cringed before him, whose beauty he had conquered, but whose face turned from him when he would lay his lips on hers?
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Now only remains what thou shalt do for Egypt-" "And thou-thou wilt be left here to lay thy will upon Egypt.
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There was a moment's hesitation, then Harrik picked up paper and ink that lay near, and said: "I will write to Kaid.
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The day of Nahoum's wrath and revenge was not yet come; it was his deep design to lay the foundation for his own dark actions strong on a rock of apparent confidence and devotion.
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Examples of Lay

Example #1
So I came down the little path swiftly, and then round the great rock, and up towards the door.
Example #2
It was late evening; the sun had set.
Example #3
One thing I do observe, his heart is hard set against Lord Eglington.
Example #4
Remains to say that thy one letter did our hearts good.
Example #5
The Nile wound its way through the green plains, stretching as far to the north as eye could see between the opal and mauve and gold of the Libyan Hills.
Example #6
From the Mokattam Hills, where he read Faith's letter again, his back against one of the forts which Napoleon had built in his Egyptian days, he scanned the distance.