Lie definitions

The way in which something is situated or arranged; lay.
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An animal's lair or resting place.
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A period of resting.
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The relative situation of a ball with reference to the advantage it offers the player.

A good lie.

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A false statement or action, esp. one made with intent to deceive.
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Anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression.
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1896-1968; Norw. statesman: 1st secretary-general of the United Nations (1946-53)
proper name
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To be or put oneself in a reclining position along a relatively horizontal surface.
verb
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To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal, or recumbent position; recline.

He lay under a tree to sleep.

verb
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To be in a more or less horizontal position on some supporting surface.
verb
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To give a false impression; be deceptive.

Statistics can lie.

verb
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To be placed on or supported by a surface that is usually horizontal.

Dirty dishes lay on the table.

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To be or remain in a specified condition.

The dust has lain undisturbed for years. He lay sick in bed.

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To be or remain in a specified condition.

Motives that lie hidden.

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To be situated.

Canada lies to the north.

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To occupy a position or place.

The lake lies beyond this hill.

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To extend; stretch.

The road that lies before us.

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To extend.

Our land lies between these trees and the river.

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To be buried in a specified place.
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To be; exist; be found.

The love that lies in her eyes.

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To be admissible or maintainable.
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To be buried or entombed.
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To stay for a night or short while.
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To stay overnight or for a short while; lodge.
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To have sexual intercourse (with)
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The manner or position in which something is situated.
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To be maintainable or admissible.

An action that will not lie.

verb
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A haunt or hiding place of an animal.
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To have, on the hole being played, a score of.

After her approach shot, she lies three on the ninth hole.

verb
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The position of a golf ball that has come to a stop.
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A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
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To bring, put, accomplish, etc. by lying.

To lie his way into political office.

verb
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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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To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
verb
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To convey a false image or impression.

Appearances often lie.

verb
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To say or write as a lie.
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The definition of a lie is a false statement.

An example of lie is saying the sky is green.

noun
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Lie means to recline on a horizontal surface.

An example of lie is a person being flat on their back.

verb
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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.

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A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true; a half-truth.
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The Long Island Expressway, I-495.
initialism
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(golf) The terrain and conditions surrounding the ball before it is struck.
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Anything that misleads or disappoints.
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(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.

verb
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(medicine) The position of a fetus in the womb.
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(intransitive) To be placed or situated.
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I knew he was telling a lie by his facial expression.

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Available, to exist. Example: No cause of action will lie for trespass if the landowner gave his permission to enter onto the land.
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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.

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To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; used with in.
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(archaic) To lodge; to sleep.
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To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
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(law) To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained.
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(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.

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(intransitive) To convey a false image or impression.

Photos often lie.

Hips don't lie.

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Origin of lie

From Middle English lien (“to lie, tell a falsehood"), from Old English lÄ“ogan (“to lie"), from Proto-Germanic *leuganÄ… (“to lie"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewgÊ°- (“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").