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Synonyms for lay


lay into someone


lay it on thick


lay off


lay someone off


lay someone out


lay someone up


lay something bare

lay something down: sacrifice

lay something on

lay something out: arrange

lay something out: present

lay something out: spend




Synonyms for lay

to place (a story, for example) in a designated setting


to deposit in a specified place

to place (a corpse) in or as if in a grave

to regard as belonging to or resulting from another

to arrange tableware upon (a table) in preparation for a meal


to bring forward for formal consideration

to put up as a stake in a game or speculation

to make a bet

to move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

lay aside: to reserve for the future

lay away: to reserve for the future

lay away: to place (money) in a bank

lay by: to reserve for the future

lay down: to let (something) go

lay down: to set forth expressly and authoritatively

lay for: to wait concealed in order to attack (someone)


    lay in: to reserve for the future

    lay in: to accumulate and set aside for future use

    lay into: to punish with blows or lashes

    lay off: to cease trying to accomplish or continue

    lay out: to plan the details or arrangements of

    lay out: to work out and arrange the parts or details of

    lay out: to show graphically the direction or location of, as by using coordinates


    lay out: to distribute (money) as payment

    lay up: to reserve for the future

    lay up: to accumulate and set aside for future use

    not religious in subject matter, form, or use

    Synonyms for lay

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