verb (used without object), lied, ly·ing.
verb (used with object), lied, ly·ing.
- to accuse of lying; contradict.
- to prove or imply the falsity of; belie: His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.
Origin of lie1
Can be confusedlie lye
Definition for lie (2 of 3)
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
Definition for lie (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for lie
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.
“I knew it was a lie from the beginning,” Patrick told WLOS.
It is, in fact, legal for police to lie to suspects during interrogations.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he drew me close And he swallowed me down, Down a dark slimy path Where lie secrets that I never want to know […].
I am satisfied now that my duties do not lie here, though the dear creatures here will be a constant motive for work and economy.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)|George Eliot
The buffaloes generally keep to the pools and muddy places, where they lie wallowing or basking in the warm mud for hours.The Jungle Book|Rudyard Kipling
When all was ready the mother carried the bride to that chamber where she should lie, to disarray her for the night.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
Could I lie here in bed, and let that delicate little thing work for me out there in the kitchen?Rico and Wiseli|Johanna Spyri
Evidently these people had swallowed every lie his enemies had printed.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for lie (1 of 3)
verb lies, lying or lied
- to disprove
- to accuse of lying
Related formsRelated adjective: mendacious
Word Origin for lie
British Dictionary definitions for lie (2 of 3)
verb lies, lying, lay (leɪ) or lain (leɪn) (intr)
- to be or rest (with)the ultimate decision lies with you
- archaic to 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
British Dictionary definitions for lie (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for lie
Idioms and Phrases with lie
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