Webster's New World
Past participle of lie (oriented in a horizontal position, situated).
He had lain there for many hours.
The book had lain on the attic floor until it was found decades later.
(obsolete) To conceal, keep quiet about. [14th-19th c.]
Origin of Lain
From Old Norse løyna (“to conceal”) (= Old English līġnan), from Proto-Germanic *laugnā (“secrecy”).
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