lie

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lie

Pronunciation[change]

Verb 1[change]

Plain form
lie

Third person singular
lies

Simple past
lay

Past participle
lain

Present participle
lying

  1. (intransitive) If you lie down, your head and whole body are at the same level. You lie down when you want to rest or sleep.
    She lay on the bed and went to sleep.
  2. If something lies somewhere, it is there and it is not moving.
    His dirty shirt was lying on the floor and old socks were everywhere.

Usage[change]

This word should not be confused with lay, a separate verb.

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Verb 2[change]

Plain form
lie

Third-person singular
lies

Past tense
lied

Past participle
lied

Present participle
lying

  1. (intransitive) If you lie, you say or write something that you know is not true.
    "How old are you?" he asked. "Twenty-one," she lied. She was actually eighteen years old.

Noun[change]

Singular
lie

Plural
lies

  1. Something not true, a falsehood, an untruth.
    I told a lie.

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