Definition - lay

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  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. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  4. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position;
  5. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
  6. originate (in);
  7. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  8. have a place in relation to something else;
  9. be and remain in a particular state or condition
  10. a narrative poem of popular origin
  11. 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"
  12. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the tab

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