- a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
- something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
- an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
- the charge or accusation of telling a lie: He flung the lie back at his accusers.
- to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
- to express what is false; convey a false impression.
- to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively): to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
- give the lie to,
- to accuse of lying; contradict.
- to prove or imply the falsity of; belie: His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.
- lie in one's throat/teeth, to lie grossly or maliciously: If she told you exactly the opposite of what she told me, she must be lying in her teeth.Also lie through one's teeth.
Origin of lie1
- to be in a horizontal, recumbent, or prostrate position, as on a bed or the ground; recline.
- (of objects) to rest in a horizontal or flat position: The book lies on the table.
- to be or remain in a position or state of inactivity, subjection, restraint, concealment, etc.: to lie in ambush.
- to rest, press, or weigh (usually followed by on or upon): These things lie upon my mind.
- to depend (usually followed by on or upon).
- to be placed or situated: land lying along the coast.
- to be stretched out or extended: the broad plain that lies before us.
- to be in or have a specified direction; extend: The trail from here lies to the west.
- to be found or located in a particular area or place: The fault lies here.
- to consist or be grounded (usually followed by in): The real remedy lies in education.
- to be buried in a particular spot: Their ancestors lie in the family plot.
- Law. to be sustainable or admissible, as an action or appeal.
- Archaic. to lodge; stay the night; sojourn.
- the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies: the lie of the patio, facing the water.
- the haunt or covert of an animal.
- Golf. the position of the ball relative to how easy or how difficult it is to play.
- lie by,
- 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.
- lie down, to assume a horizontal or prostrate position, as for the purpose of resting.
- lie in,
- to be confined to bed in childbirth.
- Chiefly British.to stay in bed longer than usual, especially in the morning.
- lie over, to be postponed for attention or action at some future time: The other business on the agenda will have to lie over until the next meeting.
- lie up,
- to lie at rest; stay in bed.
- (of a ship) to dock or remain in dock.
- lie with,
- to be the duty or function of: The decision in this matter lies with him.
- Archaic.to have sexual intercourse with.
- lie down on the job, Informal. to do less than one could or should do; shirk one's obligations.
- lie in state. state(def 24).
- lie low. low1(def 51).
- lie to, Nautical. (of a ship) to lie comparatively stationary, usually with the head as near the wind as possible.
- take lying down, to hear or yield without protest, contradiction, or resistance: I refuse to take such an insult lying down.
Origin of lie2
- Jonas,1880–1940, U.S. painter, born in Norway.
- (Ma·ri·us) So·phus [mah-ree-oo s soh-foo s] /ˌmɑ ri ʊs ˈsoʊ fʊs/, 1842–99, Norwegian mathematician.
- Tryg·ve Halv·dan [trig-vuh hahlv-dahn; Norwegian tryg-vuh hahlv-dahn] /ˈtrɪg və ˈhɑlv dɑn; Norwegian ˈtrüg və ˈhɑlv dɑn/, 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman: secretary-general of the United Nations 1946–53.
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
January 7, 2015
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
“I knew it was a lie from the beginning,” Patrick told WLOS.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
It is, in fact, legal for police to lie to suspects during interrogations.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
But he drew me close And he swallowed me down, Down a dark slimy path Where lie secrets that I never want to know […].On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
They are no longer afraid to lie down as they may have been for a week.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Who ob all dis congregation is gwine next to lie ded-e-de-dah?Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The charm of the place does not lie so much in detail as in broad effects.Yorkshire Painted And Described
But is there no gate because we find none on the edge of the wood where it seemed to lie?Weighed and Wanting
It's noways likely that I'd take the trouble to make up a lie about that weed.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (intr) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
- (intr) to convey a false impression or practise deceptionthe camera does not lie
- an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
- something that is deliberately intended to deceive
- give the lie to
- to disprove
- to accuse of lying
- (often foll by down) to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground
- to be situated, esp on a horizontal surfacethe pencil is lying on the desk; India lies to the south of Russia
- to be buriedhere lies Jane Brown
- (copula) to be and remain (in a particular state or condition)to lie dormant
- to stretch or extendthe city lies before us
- (usually foll by on or upon) to rest or weighmy sins lie heavily on my mind
- (usually foll by in) to exist or consist inherentlystrength lies in unity
- (foll by with)
- to be or rest (with)the ultimate decision lies with you
- archaicto have sexual intercourse (with)
- (of an action, claim, appeal, etc) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible
- archaic to stay temporarily
- lie in state See state (def. 13)
- lie low
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
- the manner, place, or style in which something is situated
- the hiding place or lair of an animal
- the position of the ball after a shota bad lie
- the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing
- lie of the land
- the topography of the land
- the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving
- Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)
Word Origin and History for lie
"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.
"manner of lying," 1690s, from lie (v.2). Sense in golf is from 1857.
- The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.
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