Definition - lay

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  1. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  2. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
  3. 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"
  4. a narrative poem of popular origin
  5. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
  6. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  7. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position;
  8. lay eggs; "This hen doesn't lay"
  9. prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  10. originate (in);
  11. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone"
  12. be located or situated somewh

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