Definition - lay

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lay
  1. prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  2. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone"
  3. a narrative poem of popular origin
  4. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  5. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position;
  6. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  7. originate (in);
  8. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
  9. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  10. put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
  11. have a place in relation to something else;
  12. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table";

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