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British English: /leɪ/
American English: /leɪ/

Translation of lay in Arabic:

transitive verb/فعل متعد past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول laid

  • 1
    (to place)
    وَضَعَ (one's hand, a letter, baby)
    she laid the baby in the cot
    وَضَعَت الرَضيعَ في المَهْدِ
    he laid his hand on her shoulder
    وَضَعَ يَدَهُ على كَتِفِها
    to lay the cards face down
    وَضَعَ الوَرَقاتِ مَقْلوبةً
    to lay hands on somebody/something
    عَثَرَ على شَخْصٍ \ شَيْءٍ
  • 2 (to spread out)
    فَرَشَ (a towel, blanket, newspaper)
    he laid a blanket over the body
    فَرَشَ بَطّانيّةً على الجُثّةِ
  • 6
    (to put down on surface)
    رَصَّ (bricks, tiles)
    بَسَطَ (a carpet)
    (to put down underground)
    دَفَنَ (a cable, sewer)
    they laid mines along the shore
    زَرَعوا أَلْغاماً على طولِ الشاطِئِ
  • 7
    (to draw up)
    وَضَعَ (a plan, foundations)
    نَصَبَ (a trap)
    the plan aims to lay the foundations for economic recovery
    تَهْدُفُ الخُطّةُ إلى وَضْعِ الأُسُسِ لِتَحْقيقِ الانْتِعاشِ الاقْتِصاديِّ
  • 8
    [formal/رسمي] (to bring forward)
    وَجَّهَ (a charge)
    قَدَّمَ (a complaint)
    to lay the blame for a mistake on somebody
    أَلْقى باللَوْمِ في خَطَأٍ على شَخْصٍ
    to lay great stress on something
    أَوْلى شَيْئاً اهْتِماماً كَبيراً
  • 9 (to call down)to lay a curse/spell on somebody
    أَصابَ شَخْصاً بِلَعْنةٍ \ بِسِحْرٍ

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول laid

past tense


  • 1
    (unordained) (preacher, member)
    غَيْر إكْليريكيٍّ
  • 2
    (non-specialist) (assessor, magistrate)
    غَيْر مُتَخَصِّصٍ
    the lay reader/person
    القارِئ \ الشَخْص العاديّ


to lay a finger or hand on somebody

مَسَّ شَخْصاً بِأَذًى

Phrasal verbs

lay aside

lay aside [something], lay [something] aside 1 (to put to one side)
نَحّى [شَيْئاً] جانِباً (a book, toy, one's sewing)
2 (to give up)
نَحّى [شَيْئاً] جانِباً (one's differences, principles, a doubt)
3 (to save)

lay before

lay [something] before somebody
طَرَحَ \ عَرَضَ [شَيْئاً] على شَخْصٍ (a case, the facts, evidence)
to lay a bill before parliament/congress
عَرَضَ مُقْتَرَحَ قانونٍ على البَرْلَمان \ الكونْجْرِس

lay by

lay by [something], lay [something] by

lay down

lay down [something], lay [something] down 1 (to put down)
وَضَعَ [شَيْئاً] (a baby, the keys, a suitcase)
I laid the papers down on his desk
وَضَعْتُ الأَوْراقَ على مَكْتَبِهِ
to lay down one's arms
أَلْقى سِلاحَهُ
2 (to stop using) 3 (to sacrifice) to lay down one's life for somebody/something
ضَحّى بِحَياتِهِ من أَجْلِ شَخْصٍ \ شَيْءٍ
4 (to establish)
وَضَعَ [شَيْئاً] (a rule, procedure, condition)
it was laid down that …
تَمَّ النَصُّ على أنّ …

lay in

lay in [something]
خَزَّنَ [شَيْئاً] (food, drink, firewood)

lay into

lay into [somebody]
(to attack physically)
هاجَمَ [شَخْصاً]

lay off

lay off [somebody], lay [somebody] off
(to dismiss permanently)
سَرَّحَ [شَخْصاً]
أَوْقَفَ [شَخْصاً] عن العَمَلِ
lay off [something] [informal/غير رسمي] (to stop using)
تَوَقَّفَ عن [شَيْءٍ] (alcohol, fatty foods, criticism)
to lay off drinking/smoking
تَوَقَّفَ عن الشُرْبِ \ التَدْخينِ
lay off [somebody] [informal/غير رسمي] (to leave alone)
كَفَّ عن التَعَرُّضِ ل [شَخْصٍ]

lay on

lay on [something], lay [something] on 1
(to provide)
وَفَّرَ [شَيْئاً] (transport)
قَدَّمَ [شَيْئاً] (a meal, entertainment)
2 (British English/الإنكليزية البريطانية)
(to install)
وَصَّلَ [شَيْئاً] (gas, electricity)

lay out

lay [something] out, lay out [something] 1 (to put on display)
عَرَضَ [شَيْئاً] (goods, documents, food)
2 (to unfold)
بَسَطَ \ فَتَحَ [شَيْئاً] (a map)
(to design architecturally)
وَضَعَ تَصْميماً مِعْماريًّا ل [شَيْءٍ] (a town, garden)
صَمَّمَ [شَيْئاً] (a magazine, an advertisement, the illustrations)
4 (to state)
عَرَضَ \ ذَكَرَ [شَيْئاً] (one's reasons, demands)
5 [informal/غير رسمي] (to spend)
أَنْفَقَ [شَيْئاً] (a fortune, sum of money)
lay out [somebody], lay [somebody] out 1
(for burial)
أَعَدَّ [شَخْصاً] للدَفْنِ (a corpse)
2 [informal/غير رسمي] (in fighting)
ضَرَبَ [شَخْصاً] وَأَفْقَدَهُ الوَعْيَ (a boxer, an attacker)

lay up

lay up [something], lay [something] up 1 (to store) 2 (to accumulate)
تَرَكَ [شَيْئاً] يَتَراكَمُ (trouble, problems)
lay [somebody] up
جَعَلَ [شَخْصاً] طَريحَ الفِراشِ
to be laid up with an illness/injury
كانَ طَريحَ الفِراشِ بِسَبَبِ مَرَضٍ \ إصابةٍ
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