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Old English lecgan, from Germanic. A causative form of lie. Cognate with Dutch leggen, German legen, Swedish lägga.

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Infinitive
to Lay

Third person singular
lays

Simple past
laid

Past participle
laid

Present participle
laying

to Lay (third-person singular simple present lays, present participle laying, simple past and past participle laid)
  1. (transitive) To place something down in a position of rest.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to subside or abate.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      The cloudes, as things affrayd, before him flye; / But all so soone as his outrageous powre / Is layd, they fiercely then begin to shoure [...].
  3. (transitive) To leave something somewhere.
  4. (transitive) To prepare (e.g., the groundwork, the table).
  5. (transitive) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another.
    lay brick
    lay flooring
  6. (transitive) To produce and deposit an egg.
  7. (transitive) To wager that an event will not take place.
  8. (transitive, slang) To have sex with.
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  • (wager on an event): back
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From the verb.

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Singular
Lay

Plural
Lays

Lay (plural Lays)
  1. Arrangement or relationship; layout.
    Patrono:Non-standard the lay of the land (rather than the standard the lie of the land).
  2. The direction a rope is twisted.
    Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
  3. A casual sexual partner.
    What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?
  4. A ballad or sung poem.
    1805 The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Sir Walter Scott
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See WikiSaurus:promiscuous woman
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arrangement or relationship

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From Old French lai

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Lay (comparative more Lay, superlative most Lay)

Positive
Lay

Comparative
more Lay

Superlative
most Lay

  1. Non-professional, not being a member of an organized institution (e.g. scientific lay person).
    A lay judge: a judge selected from among the people, usually to sit alongside professional judges.[1]
  2. Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them.
    They seemed more lay than clerical.
    A lay brother: A monk who has not fully entered into the monastic life and vows. 'The male branch of the Franciscan family, a community of Lesser Brothers, is made up of men who are both clergy and consecrated laity traditionally called "lay brothers".' [2]
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See lie

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lay

  1. Patrono:Simple past of when pertaining to position.
    The baby lay in its crib and slept silently.
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Middle English from Old French lai (song, lyric, poem), of Patrono:Gem[[Category:Patrono:Gem derivations|Lay]] origin, from Patrono:Frk[[Category:Patrono:Frk derivations|Lay]] *laik, laih (play, melody, song) from Proto-Germanic *laikaz, laikiz (jump, play, dance) from Proto-Indo-European *(e)laig'- (to jump, spring, play). Akin to Old High German leih (a play, skit, melody, song), Patrono:Gmh [[leich#Patrono:Gmh|leich]] (piece of music, epic song played on a harp), Old English lācan (to move quickly, fence, sing).

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Singular
Lay

Plural
Lays

Lay (plural Lays)
  1. a short song
  2. a short poem or narrative, one usually intended to be sung

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Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare Indonesian layar

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Lay [[Category:Patrono:Mg nouns|Lay]]

  1. sail

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  1. Scrap lay judge system: lay judge The Japan Times
  2. WHY A LAY BROTHER? Franciscan friars

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