- The definition of a lie is a false statement.
An example of lie is saying the sky is green.
- Lie means to recline on a horizontal surface.
An example of lie is a person being flat on their back.
- Lie is defined as to say something that knowingly isn't true.
An example of lie is a forty year old person saying they are twenty five.
A man lies in the grass.
intransitive verblay, lain, lying
- 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
- Archaic to stay overnight or for a short while; lodge
- Archaic to have sexual intercourse (with)
- Law to be maintainable or admissible: an action that will not lie
Origin of lieMiddle English lien ; from 2d and amp; 3d person; personal (grammar) singular of earlier liggen ; from Old English licgan, to lie, akin to German liegen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form legh-, to lie, lay oneself down from source Classical Latin lectus and amp; Classical Greek lēchos, bed, lōchos, lair
- the way in which something is situated or arranged; lay
- an animal's lair or resting place
- Brit. a period of resting
- Golf the relative situation of a ball with reference to the advantage it offers the player: a good lie
lie down on the job☆
take lying down
intransitive verblied, lying
- 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
Origin of lieMiddle English lien ; from Old English leogan, akin to German lügen (Goth liugan) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leugh-, to tell lies from source Lithuanian lūgoti, to ask
- 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
give the lie to
- to charge with telling a lie
- to prove to be false; belie
lie in one's throat
- Lie, Jonas 1880-1940; U.S. painter, born in Norway
- Lie, Jonas (Lauritz Edemil) 1833-1908; Norw. novelist: uncle of the painter
- Lie, Trygve (Halvdan) 1896-1968; Norw. statesman: 1st secretary-general of the United Nations (1946-53)
intransitive verblay lay , lain lain , ly·ing , lies
- To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal, or recumbent position; recline: He lay under a tree to sleep.
- To be placed on or supported by a surface that is usually horizontal: Dirty dishes lay on the table. See Usage Note at lay1.
- 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.
- To occupy a position or place: The lake lies beyond this hill.
- To extend: Our land lies between these trees and the river.
- To be buried in a specified place.
- Law To be admissible or maintainable.
- Archaic To stay for a night or short while.
- The manner or position in which something is situated.
- A haunt or hiding place of an animal.
- Sports The position of a golf ball that has come to a stop.
Origin of lieMiddle English lien, from Old English licgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
- A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
- Something meant to deceive or mistakenly accepted as true: learned his parents had been swindlers and felt his whole childhood had been a lie.
verblied lied, ly·ing , lies
- To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
- To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.
Origin of lieMiddle English, from Old English lyge; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present lies, present participle lying, simple past lay, past participle lain)
- (intransitive) To rest in a horizontal position on a surface.
- The book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies in his coffin.
- (intransitive) To be placed or situated.
- To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition.
- to lie waste; to lie fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves
- The paper does not lie smooth on the wall.
- To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; used with in.
- (archaic) To lodge; to sleep.
- To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
- (law) To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained.
From Middle English lien, liggen, from Old English licgan, from Proto-Germanic *ligjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian lizze, Dutch liggen, German liegen, Danish ligge, Swedish ligga, Gothic (ligan); and with Latin lectus (“bed”), Irish luighe, Russian лежать (ležatʹ), Albanian lagje (“inhabited area, neighbourhood”).
(third-person singular simple present lies, present participle lying, simple past and past participle lied)
- (intransitive) To give false information intentionally.
- When Pinocchio lies, his nose grows.
- If you are found to have lied in court, you could face a penalty.
- While a principle-based approach might claim that lying is always morally wrong, the casuist would argue that, depending upon the details of the case, lying might or might not be illegal or unethical. The casuist might conclude that a person is wrong to lie in legal testimony under oath, but might argue that lying actually is the best moral choice if the lie saves a life.WP
- (intransitive) To convey a false image or impression.
- Photos often lie.
- Hips don't lie.
From Middle English lien (“to lie, tell a falsehood”), from Old English lēogan (“to lie”), from Proto-Germanic *leuganą (“to lie”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewgʰ- (“to lie, swear, bemoan”). Cognate with West Frisian lige (“to lie”), Low German legen, lögen, Dutch liegen (“to lie”), German lügen (“to lie”), Norwegian ljuge/lyge (“to lie”), Danish lyve (“to lie”), Swedish ljuga (“to lie”), and more distantly with Bulgarian лъжа (lǎža, “to lie”), Russian лгать (lgatʹ, “to lie”).
From Middle English lie, from Old English lyġe (“lie, falsehood”), from Proto-Germanic *lugiz (“lie, falsehood”), from Proto-Indo-European *leugh- (“to tell lies, swear, complain”), *lewgʰ-. Cognate with Old Saxon luggi (“a lie”), Old High German lugī (German Lüge, “a lie”), Danish løgn (“a lie”), Bulgarian лъжа (lǎža, “а lie”),
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