transitive verb past tense & past participle laid
- 1 (put, place) he laid his head on the pillowlay him on his backpuso la cabeza en la almohadalay the cloth flat on the tableponlo or tiéndelo boca arribahe laid a blanket over the sleeping childextiende la tela sobre la mesacubrió al niño dormido con una mantaExample sentences
- Chuckling, I scooped them up in the palm of my hand and laid them gently on top of a soft pile of Green Stamps and bore them so to London town.
- He scoops up a selection of the sliced eggplant and limps over to the grill on his stovetop, where he carefully lays them to cook alongside the red and yellow peppers.
- Colt lays his hand gently on her shoulder in solidarity.
- 2 (arrange, put down in position)(mines)they laid the floor with tiles/carpetthe gardens are laid to grass (British English)embaldosaron/alfombraron or (Spain) enmoquetaron el suelolos jardines están cubiertos de céspedExample sentences
- My flat is progressing too, with the bulk of the decorating work likely to be finished this week, and new (cheap and cheerful) carpet to be laid on Wednesday.
- The Red Carpet was especially laid for the guests who really enjoyed their stay there.
- In addition the ventilation system is being improved, seats have been re-covered and new carpets are being laid.
- French security sources said that advanced plans had been laid to use a stolen truck or a helicopter loaded with explosives.
- Plans had also been laid to raise more then £1 million locally.
- Plans are being laid to turn the clock back 60 years across large swathes of the resort for three days in early September.
- 3 (prepare)(fire)(trap/ambush)(plans)to lay the table for dinnerponer la mesa para la cenaExample sentences
- Every one of the 400 bedrooms had a coal fire, laid by the staff each day.
- The girl closed the door, lit lamps and a fire that was already laid, then shuttered the only window of the one room cottage, as if wanting privacy.
- A fire has been laid for us in the parlour and I am certain we have much to discuss.
- She had some sort of trap laid and she was preparing to spring it on him.
- By now, the immediate surroundings were quiet, most of the troops had mustered at the south side of camp in preparation to spring the trap that had been laid.
- He laid a ‘glue trap’ by the hole at the back of my kitchen cupboard.
- 4 (present, put forward) See examples: to lay a complaint against somebodyto lay a case before somebodyformular or presentar una queja contra alguien→ charge 1 1 1exponer un caso ante alguien
- 6 (cause to be) See examples: one blow laid him flat on his backthe blow laid his head opende un golpe quedó tendido de espaldas en el sueloher statements laid her open to criticismel golpe le partió la cabezait laid her under an obligationsus declaraciones la dejaron expuesta a críticasto lay somebody lowthe punch laid him lowla puso en un compromisohe was laid low by the fluel golpe lo dejó fuera de combate or lo tumbóestuvo postrado con la gripe or (Colombia) (Mexico) con la gripa
- 8(bet/wager)(money)I'll lay you $10 on itI'll lay (that) he doesn't come back [archaic or dialect]te apuesto 10 dólares (a) que es así→ odds 1te apuesto (a) que no vuelveExample sentences
- The money was duly laid down, so Lucas whipped off his kit and plunged in.
- Something funny is going on here… I'd lay all my money on a bet that it was the Emperor who sent that spell to kill me.
- But despite taking $25,000 bets before, she will be content with laying a more modest wager.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle laid
- 1(hen)poner huevosExample sentences
- The female wasp lays her eggs inside the developing medfly egg.
- A female butterfly lays an egg that looks like a miniature pearl, or a squashed golf ball, or a whiskey barrel.
- Female flies lay eggs every two or three days, 300 eggs each time, which means the number of flies will rocket if not controlled.
- 2 [criticized usage] → lie1 2
- to lay about somebody
- 1.1 (put down)
- → lay aside 3
- 1.1 (put down)
- [slang]the boss has been laying for me for months
- 1.1 (attack)
- 1verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb
- 1verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb 1.1 (arrange, provide)
- 1 1.1
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (render inactive) (often passive)
adjective (before noun)
- 1 (Religion) (secular)(organization/education)Example sentences
- Modern scholarship has done much to rescue the pastoral reputation and moral seriousness of the clergy and their lay supporters at all levels.
- She was training to be a lay preacher, but knew that wasn't where she wanted to be, and wasn't sure where she was going.
- During this time Bethel has been well supported by ministers from the South Wales area, some of them retired, and by lay preachers from the locality.
- 1 (poem)lay (masculine) [arcaico]Example sentences
- James Macpherson based his Ossianic pieces on these lays.
- We come to the lay's treatment of the third type: the woman, as represented by the wife.
- In no other of Marie's lays is the roster of personages so heavily weighted toward a single gender.
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In some parts of Spain, the name given to a weekly open-air flea market where all kinds of items are sold is a rastro. The name El Rastro as such refers to a very big market of this type held in Madrid at weekends.