verb (used without object), lied, ly·ing.
verb (used with object), lied, ly·ing.
Origin of lie1
verb (used without object), lay, lain, ly·ing.
- to pause for rest; stop activities, work, etc., temporarily.
- to lie unused: Ever since the last member of the family died, the old house has lain by.
- to be confined to bed in childbirth.
- Chiefly British.to stay in bed longer than usual, especially in the morning.
- to lie at rest; stay in bed.
- (of a ship) to dock or remain in dock.
- to be the duty or function of: The decision in this matter lies with him.
- Archaic.to have sexual intercourse with.
Origin of lie2
Examples from the Web for lain
But the sins of the 20th century, as devastating as they were, cannot be lain entirely at the feet of its artists.Rehabilitating Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim Museum|David Freedlander|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It had lain dormant all these years: it was there, though, and presently it would rise and confront me.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“She had been up during the day,” noted Sowell in explanation of how she might have lain down on a neat bed.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rather, they have lain dormant to haunt us in various guises since the Confederacy was brought to heel.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party|Jack Schwartz|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The lion has lain down with the lamb, in other words, and the unanimity seems so surreal that I might as well keep dreaming.
But this morning the energy of life which for those two weeks had lain dormant in him, began to stir again.Dodo's Daughter|E. F. Benson
Some light was being shed upon much that had lain in darkness.The Lion's Skin|Rafael Sabatini
Jones—On the bed; but there was no sheets: it was a flock-bed, and nobody had lain there a great while.State Trials Vol. 2 (of 2)|Various
Nor was it ever recorded that such powerful armies, with their camps pitched so near together, had ever lain so quiet.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End|Titus Livius
The little limp-backed Bible had lain flung open on the ground in the midst of the other trinkets.The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
verb lies, lying or lied
- to disprove
- to accuse of lying
Word Origin for lie
verb lies, lying, lay (leɪ) or lain (leɪn) (intr)
- to be or rest (with)the ultimate decision lies with you
- archaicto have sexual intercourse (with)
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
- the position of the ball after a shota bad lie
- the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing
- the topography of the land
- the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving
Word Origin for lie
past participle of lie (v.2).
"manner of lying," 1690s, from lie (v.2). Sense in golf is from 1857.
"speak falsely, tell an untruth," late 12c., from Old English legan, ligan, earlier leogan "deceive, belie, betray" (class II strong verb; past tense leag, past participle logen), from Proto-Germanic *leugan (cf. Old Norse ljuga, Danish lyve, Old Frisian liaga, Old Saxon and Old High German liogan, German lügen, Gothic liugan), from PIE root *leugh- "to tell a lie."
"rest horizontally," early 12c., from Old English licgan (class V strong verb; past tense læg, past participle legen) "be situated, reamin; be at rest, lie down," from Proto-Germanic *legjanan (cf. Old Norse liggja, Old Frisian lidzia, Middle Dutch ligghen, Dutch liggen, Old High German ligen, German liegen, Gothic ligan), from PIE *legh- "to lie, lay" (cf. Hittite laggari "falls, lies," Greek lekhesthai "to lie down," Latin lectus "bed," Old Church Slavonic lego "to lie down," Lithuanian at-lagai "fallow land," Old Irish laigim "I lie down," Irish luighe "couch, grave"). To lie with "have sexual intercourse" is from c.1300, and cf. Old English licgan mid "cohabit with." To take (something) lying down "passively, submissively" is from 1854.
"an untruth," Old English lyge "lie, falsehood," from Proto-Germanic *lugiz (cf. Old Norse lygi, Danish løgn, Old Frisian leyne (fem.), Dutch leugen (fem.), Old High German lugi, German Lüge, Gothic liugn "a lie"), from the root of lie (v.1). To give the lie to "accuse directly of lying" is attested from 1590s. Lie-detector first recorded 1909.
In addition to the idioms beginning with lie
- lie down
- lie in
- lie in state
- lie in wait
- lie low
- lie through one's teeth
- lie with
- barefaced lie
- give the lie to
- (lie) in state
- lay of the land (how the land lies)
- let sleeping dogs lie
- make one's bed and lie in it
- take lying down
- white lie