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Another word for lay

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Verb
  1. To place (a story, for example) in a designated setting

      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
    See also:

    place

  2. To deposit in a specified place

      1. A branch or stem that has fallen or been cut from a tree or shrub.
      2. A piece of wood, such as a tree branch, that is used for fuel, cut for lumber, or shaped for a specific purpose.
      3. A wand, staff, baton, or rod.
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
      1. To place in a specified location; set:
      2. To cause to be in a specified condition:
      3. To cause (one) to undergo something; subject:
      1. An area with definite or indefinite boundaries; a portion of space.
      2. Room or space, especially adequate space:
      3. The particular portion of space occupied by or allocated to a person or thing.
  3. To place (a corpse) in or as if in a grave

  4. To regard as belonging to or resulting from another

      1. To direct to a source for help or information:
      2. To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
      3. To direct the attention of:
      1. To relate (something, usually something bad) to a particular cause or source; place the fault or responsibility for:
      2. To assign as a characteristic; credit:
      1. An arrangement for deferred payment of a loan or purchase:
      2. The terms governing such an arrangement:
      3. The time allowed for deferred payment:
      1. To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on:
      2. To instruct or urge authoritatively; command:
      3. To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
      1. To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe:
      2. To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time:
      3. A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
      1. To select for a duty or office; appoint:
      2. To set apart for a particular purpose or place in a particular category; designate:
      3. To give out as a task; allot:
      1. To regard as arising from a specified cause or source:
      2. To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time:
      1. To ascribe or attribute (something) to someone:
      2. To give credit to:
      3. To certify as meeting prescribed standards or requirements, as of a profession:
    See also:

    give

  5. To arrange tableware upon (a table) in preparation for a meal

      1. To open to a fuller extent or width; stretch:
      2. To make wider the gap between; move farther apart:
      3. To distribute over a surface in a layer:
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
    See also:

    order

  6. To form a strategy for

      1. (with object after out) To calculate.
      2. To make sense of.
      3. To smooth.
      1. To plan a strategy for (a business or financial venture, for example).
      2. To determine strategies; plan.
      1. A systematic plan of action:
      2. A secret or devious plan; a plot:
      3. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts:
      1. An undertaking requiring concerted effort:
      2. An extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons.
      3. A plan or proposal for accomplishing something.
      1. An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective:
      2. A proposed or intended course of action:
      3. A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline:
      1. A structure that gives shape or support:
      2. The structure or physique of a human or animal body:
      3. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering:
      1. To state as or reduce to a formula.
      2. To express in systematic terms or concepts.
      3. To devise or invent:
      1. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive:
      2. To transmit or give (real property) by will.
      3. To suppose; imagine.
      1. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent:
      2. To formulate a plan for; devise:
      3. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure:
      1. To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise:
      2. To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation:
      3. To plan with evil intent; scheme:
      1. To become pregnant with (offspring):
      2. To form or develop in the mind:
      3. To apprehend mentally; understand:
      1. A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
      2. An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
      3. A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing.
      2. A mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background.
      3. A detailed plan of action.
    See also:

    planned

  7. To bring forward for formal consideration

      1. To assert to be true; affirm:
      2. To assert prior to a final determination:
      3. To state (a plea or excuse, for example) in support or denial of a claim or accusation:
      1. A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now.
      2. The present tense.
      3. A verb form in the present tense.
      1. To quote or refer to (a book or author, for example) as an authority or example in making an argument.
      2. To refer to (a previous court decision or other legal precedent), as when arguing a case.
      3. To mention or bring forward as support, illustration, or proof:
      1. To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument.
    See also:

    words

    law

  8. To put up as a stake in a game or speculation.

      1. To move or travel; proceed:
      2. To move away from a place; depart:
      3. To pursue a certain course:
      1. An agreement under which each bettor pledges a certain amount to the other depending on the outcome of an unsettled matter.
      2. A matter bet on; a gamble.
      3. Something that is staked on an uncertain outcome; a bet:
      1. An undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of uncertain outcome.
      2. A business enterprise involving some risk in expectation of gain.
      3. Something, such as money or cargo, at hazard in a risky enterprise.
      1. A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
      2. A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.
      3. Execution by burning. Used with the:
      1. The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.
      2. A factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain danger; a hazard:
      3. The danger or probability of loss to an insurer.
      1. To place in a specified location; set:
      2. To cause to be in a specified condition:
      3. To cause (one) to undergo something; subject:
      1. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.
      2. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.
      3. A terminal of a battery.
      1. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.
      2. To play a game of chance for stakes.
      3. To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
    See also:

    gambling

  9. To make a bet

      1. An agreement under which each bettor pledges a certain amount to the other depending on the outcome of an unsettled matter.
      2. A matter bet on; a gamble.
      3. Something that is staked on an uncertain outcome; a bet:
      1. To occupy oneself in an activity for amusement or recreation:
      2. To take part in a sport or game:
      3. To participate in betting; gamble.
      1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime:
      2. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules:
      3. A single instance of such an activity:
      1. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.
      2. To play a game of chance for stakes.
      3. To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
      1. An agreement usually between two parties that the one who has made an incorrect prediction about an uncertain outcome will forfeit something stipulated to the other; a wager:
      2. An amount or object risked in a wager; a stake:
      3. One on which a stake is or can be placed:
  10. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

      1. To focus one's aim; to zoom in and center on something.
      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. A series of connected railroad cars pulled or pushed by one or more locomotives.
      2. A long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles.
      3. The personnel, vehicles, and equipment following and providing supplies and services to a combat unit.
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
      1. A sharp or tapered end:
      2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
      3. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
      1. Relative position or rank on a scale:
      2. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration:
      3. A natural or proper position, place, or stage:
      1. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
      2. The analogous part of an invertebrate organism.
      3. The length or height of such a part:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
      2. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point:
      3. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group:
    See also:

    seek

Adjective
  1. Not religious in subject matter, form, or use

      1. Of, relating to, or devoted to the material world, especially in contrast to spiritual concerns.
      2. Experienced in human affairs; sophisticated or worldly-wise:
      3. In a worldly manner.
      1. Of, relating to, or limited by time:
      2. Of or relating to the material world; worldly:
      3. Lasting only for a time; not eternal; passing:
      1. Worldly rather than spiritual:
      2. Not relating to religion or to a religious body; nonreligious:
      3. Not bound by the full monastic rule of a religious order. Used of clergy.
      1. Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
      2. Nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular:
      3. Not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated.
    See also:

    sacred

Idioms:

    lay away

  1. To place (money) in a bank

  2. lay down

  3. To let (something) go

  4. lay down

  5. To set forth expressly and authoritatively

  6. lay for

  7. To wait concealed in order to attack (someone)

    • lay in

    • To accumulate and set aside for future use

    • lay into

    • To punish with blows or lashes

    • lay out

    • To plan the details or arrangements of

    • lay out

    • To work out and arrange the parts or details of

    • lay out

    • To show graphically the direction or location of, as by using coordinates

    • lay out

    • To distribute (money) as payment

    • lay up

    • To accumulate and set aside for future use

    Another word for lay

    Noun
        1. The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
        2. A critical, problematic, or striking set of circumstances:
        3. The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings:
        1. The act or process of arranging:
        2. The condition, manner, or result of being arranged; disposal:
        3. A collection of things that have been arranged:
        1. A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
        2. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved:
        3. Condition or state in general:
      See also:

      position

    Verb
    1. To knock down

        1. A stout heavy stick, usually thicker at one end, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
        2. An implement used in some games to drive a ball, especially a stick with a protruding head used in golf.
        3. Something resembling a club.
        1. To do better than (another) in a competition or battle; win victory over; beat:
        2. To prevent the success of; thwart:
        3. To frustrate the enforcement of (a motion, for example).
        1. To thrash; beat:
        2. To defeat decisively:
        3. To criticize severely:
      See also:

      hit

      beat

    2. To place

        1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
        2. To put into a specified state:
        3. To cause to begin an action:
        1. To put or set down; place.
        2. To lay down or leave behind by a natural process:
        3. To give over or entrust for safekeeping.
        1. To place in a specified location; set:
        2. To cause to be in a specified condition:
        3. To cause (one) to undergo something; subject:
      See also:

      place

    3. To put in order

      See also:

      order

    4. To bring forth

        1. To give forth by a natural process, especially by cultivation:
        2. To furnish as return for effort or investment; be productive of:
        3. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
        1. To put or set down; place.
        2. To lay down or leave behind by a natural process:
        3. To give over or entrust for safekeeping.
        1. To bring into being; give rise to:
        2. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process:
        3. To engender (offspring); procreate.
      See also:

      produce

    5. To smooth out

    6. To bet

        1. To offer a bet in which one stands more to lose than the opponent; or a bet in some other way favourable to the opponent.
        2. To feel certain about something.
        1. An agreement under which each bettor pledges a certain amount to the other depending on the outcome of an unsettled matter.
        2. A matter bet on; a gamble.
        3. Something that is staked on an uncertain outcome; a bet:
        1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime:
        2. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules:
        3. A single instance of such an activity:
    7. To work out

        1. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent:
        2. To formulate a plan for; devise:
        3. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure:
        1. To prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking.
        2. To devise, using skill and intelligence; contrive:
        1. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive:
        2. To transmit or give (real property) by will.
        3. To suppose; imagine.
      See also:

      plan