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lying

1
[ lahy-ing ]
/ ˈlaɪ ɪŋ /
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noun
the telling of lies, or false statements; untruthfulness: From boyhood, he has never been good at lying.
adjective
telling or containing lies; deliberately untruthful; deceitful; false: a lying report.

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Origin of lying

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English; see origin at lie1, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM lying

ly·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for lying (2 of 2)

lying2
[ lahy-ing ]
/ ˈlaɪ ɪŋ /

verb
present participle of lie2.

OTHER WORDS FROM lying

ly·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lying (1 of 2)

lying1
/ (ˈlaɪɪŋ) /

verb
the present participle and gerund of lie 1

British Dictionary definitions for lying (2 of 2)

lying2
/ (ˈlaɪɪŋ) /

verb
the present participle and gerund of lie 2
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