Definition of Lie in English :

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Lie meaning in English

Meaning of Lie in English

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1. lie, prevarication

a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

2. lie, trygve halvden lie, trygve lie

Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)

3. lie

position or manner in which something is situated


4. lie

be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

5. lie

be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

Example Sentences:
'The sick man lay in bed all day'
'the books are lying on the shelf'

6. consist, dwell, lie, lie in

originate (in)

Example Sentences:
'The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country'

7. lie

be and remain in a particular state or condition

Example Sentences:
'lie dormant'

8. lie

tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

Example Sentences:
'Don't lie to your parents'
'She lied when she told me she was only 29'

9. lie, rest

have a place in relation to something else

Example Sentences:
'The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West'
'The responsibility rests with the Allies'

10. lie, lie down

assume a reclining position

Example Sentences:
'lie down on the bed until you feel better'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verbWord forms: lies, lying or lied
1. (intransitive)
to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
2. (intransitive)
to convey a false impression or practise deception
the camera does not lie
an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
something that is deliberately intended to deceive
5.  give the lie to
verbWord forms: lies, lying, lay (leɪ ) or lain (leɪn ) (intransitive)
1. (often foll by down)
to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground
to be situated, esp on a horizontal surface
the pencil is lying on the desk
India lies to the south of Russia
to be buried
here lies Jane Brown
4. (copula)
to be and remain (in a particular state or condition)
to lie dormant
to stretch or extend
the city lies before us
6. (usually foll by on or upon)
to rest or weigh
my sins lie heavily on my mind
7. (usually foll by in)
to exist or consist inherently
strength lies in unity
8. (foll by with)
to be or rest (with)
the ultimate decision lies with you
b. archaic
to have sexual intercourse (with)
(of an action, claim, appeal, etc) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible
10. archaic
to stay temporarily
11.  lie in state
12.  lie low
the manner, place, or style in which something is situated
the hiding place or lair of an animal
15. golf
the position of the ball after a shot
a bad lie
the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing
16.  lie of the land
Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)

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Jonas1880-1940; U.S. painter, born in Norway
Jonas (Lauritz Edemil)1833-1908; Norw. novelist: uncle of the painter
ˈTrygve (Halvdan) (ˈtrɪgvə ) ; trigˈvə) 1896-1968; Norw. statesman: 1st secretary-general of the United Nations (1946-53)
verb intransitiveWord forms: lay, lain, ˈlying
to be or put oneself in a reclining position along a relatively horizontal surface
often with down
to be in a more or less horizontal position on some supporting surface
said of inanimate things
to be or remain in a specified condition
motives that lie hidden
to be situated
Canada lies to the north
to extend; stretch
the road that lies before us
to be; exist; be found
the love that lies in her eyes
to be buried or entombed
8.  Archaic
to stay overnight or for a short while; lodge
9.  Archaic
to have sexual intercourse (with)
10.  Law
to be maintainable or admissible
an action that will not lie
verb transitive
11.  Golf
to have, on the hole being played, a score of
after her approach shot, she lies three on the ninth hole
the way in which something is situated or arranged; lay
an animal's lair or resting place
14.  British
a period of resting
15.  Golf
the relative situation of a ball with reference to the advantage it offers the player
a good lie
verb intransitiveWord forms: lied or ˈlying
to make a statement that one knows is false, esp. with intent to deceive
to make such statements habitually
to give a false impression; deceive one
statistics can lie
verb transitive
to bring, put, accomplish, etc. by lying
to lie oneself into office
a false statement or action, esp. one made with intent to deceive
anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression
the charge of lying

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v. lied, ly·ing (līĭng), lies
1. To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
2. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.
To say or write as a lie.
Norwegian politician and first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946-1952).
intr.v. lay (lā), lain (lān), ly·ing (līĭng), lies
1. To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal, or recumbent position; recline: He lay under a tree to sleep.
2. To be placed on or supported by a surface that is usually horizontal: Dirty dishes lay on the table. See Usage Note at lay1.
3. To be or remain in a specified condition: The dust has lain undisturbed for years. He lay sick in bed.
a. To exist; reside: Our sympathies lie with the plaintiff.
b. To consist or have as a basis. Often used with in: The strength of his performance lies in his training.
5. To occupy a position or place: The lake lies beyond this hill.
6. To extend: Our land lies between these trees and the river.
7. To be buried in a specified place.
8. Law To be admissible or maintainable.
9. Archaic To stay for a night or short while.
1. The manner or position in which something is situated.
2. A haunt or hiding place of an animal.
3. Sports The position of a golf ball that has come to a stop.
1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
2. Something meant to deceive or mistakenly accepted as true: learned his parents had been swindlers and felt his whole childhood had been a lie.

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