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
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 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
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
"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.
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