- 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.
lie definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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: Middle 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
- 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)
lie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb lay 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: Middle 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 give a wrong impression.
- To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
- To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English lyge; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.
, Trygve Halvden 1896-1968.
lie - Legal Definition
lie - Medical Definition
lie - Phrases/Idioms
lie down on the jobâ
take lying down
give the lie to
- to charge with telling a lie
- to prove to be false; belie
lie in one's throat
- /lay low
- To keep oneself or one's plans hidden.
- To bide one's time but remain ready for action.
lie through one's teeth