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lie 1

American English: /laɪ/
British English: /lʌɪ/


  • 1 (in golf)
    Example sentences
    • Change the lie and the shot to keep your mind engaged.
    • You can play this shot off any lie, even bare ground if your wedge has minimal bounce.
    • As the lie gets deeper, the ball automatically goes farther back in your stance.
  • 2land 1 1 1
    Example sentences
    • With the lie of Scottish theatreland already shifting, we are seeing a nascent, semiconscious shuffling for position for next year's awards.
    • Then, too, I am scared of tying too much money up here, not being entirely sure where the lie of the politics is.
    • You should brush along the lie of the hair, and in the places hardest for the cat to reach such as under the chin and the back of the neck.

intransitive verb 3rd person singular present lies present participle lying past tense lay past participle lain

  • 1 1.1 (lie down)
    Example sentences
    • You'll lie here and rest until the young master recommends otherwise for you!
    • By 11.30 pm, my stomach was growling and I was lying horizontal on the sofa yawning, as she made mention yet again of leaving.
    • She was lying, asleep we assumed, on the carpet outside our bedroom door.
    1.2 (be in lying position)
    estar tendido
    yacer [literary]
    he was lying flat on his back
    estaba tendido or acostado de espaldas
    his body lay in the coffin
    el cadáver yacía en el ataúd [literary]
    he often lies in bed until noon
    con frecuencia se queda en la cama hasta el mediodía
    lie still!
    ¡quédate quieto!
    she lay motionless on the floor
    estaba tendida en el suelo sin moverse
    I lay awake for hours
    estuve horas sin poder dormir
    she lay in a coma for three days
    estuvo tres días en coma
    to lie with somebody [archaic]
    acostarse con alguien
    yacer con alguien [archaic]
    to lie low
    tratar de pasar inadvertido
    1.3 (be buried)
    yacer [literary]
    estar sepultado [formal]
    here lies John Smith
    aquí yacen los restos de John Smith
    Example sentences
    • For more than 400 years, the remains of James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell, have lain in a Danish church where they were turned into a grisly tourist attraction.
    • The corpses were left where they lay pending forensic examination today.
    • He lies among the remains of pontiffs from centuries past and near the tomb traditionally believed to be of the Apostle Peter, the first pope.
  • 2 (be)
    the papers lay where he had left them
    los papeles estaban donde los había dejado
    the snow lay two feet deep
    la nieve tenía dos pies de espesor
    the book lay open at page 304
    el libro estaba abierto en la página 304
    the tomb lay undisturbed for centuries
    pasaron siglos antes de que se diera con la tumba
    it lies heavy on your stomach
    cae pesado (al estómago)
    the factory still lay idle
    la fábrica seguía parada
    the ship lay at anchor
    el barco estaba fondeado or anclado
    will the snow lie? (British)
    ¿cuajará la nieve?
    Example sentences
    • The walls were made of stone and a small pallet lay by two book cases.
    • Beer bottles and cups were scattered about the room and a pizza box lay open on the table.
    • He circled around the machine to where a sole book lay on a work surface.
    Example sentences
    • After all, there would be no point in saving a building just for it to lie empty and rot.
    • As a child I wandered through it when it lay silent and empty.
    • For 170 years Ballina's Augustinian Abbey has lain derelict and inconspicuous at the bottom of Ardnaree near St Muredach's Cathedral.
  • 3 3.1 (be located)
    estar (situado or ubicado)
    Versailles lies 18 km west of Paris
    Versalles se encuentra or está a 18 kms al oeste de París
    a group of islands lying off the west coast
    un conjunto de islas situadas cerca de la costa occidental
    Example sentences
    • The town of Shanhaiguan lies on a five mile sliver of plain between mountains and sea, a pass that opens like an avenue into the heart of China.
    • Bishop's Crossing is a small village lying ten miles in a south-westerly direction from Liverpool.
    • The neutral locus lies at two different positions between two selected loci.
    3.2 (stretch)
    the vast ocean lay before them [literary]
    el inmenso océano se extendía ante ellos [literary]
    Example sentences
    • Wind whistled against the hole in the back wall, which heightened the eerie effect of the scene which lay before them.
    • An open door lay beyond them and Chris could see the first few steps of the staircase that would lead him to the top floor.
  • 4
    where do your sympathies lie?
    ¿con quién simpatizas?
    the truth lies somewhere in between
    la verdad está en algún punto intermedio
    it's hard to see where the problem lies
    es difícil ver en qué estriba or radica el problema
    victory lay within his grasp
    tenía la victoria al alcance de la mano
    a new life lay before them
    una nueva vida se abría ante ellos
    what lies behind her cool exterior?
    ¿qué hay detrás de su fría apariencia?
    Example sentences
    • Similarly, our comedies season is not just about laughter, but the yearning for harmony and reconciliation which lies at the heart of Shakespeare's great comedies.
    • The Belgian band encapsulated the friendly spirit of fraternity that lies at the heart of folk.
    • It's the coming together with a common purpose of two such different men that lies at the heart of his novel.

Phrasal verbs

lie about

lie around

lie ahead

verb + adverb
to lie ahead (of somebody/something)miles of desert/days of waiting lay ahead of us
teníamos por delante millas de desierto/días y días de espera
who knows what may lie ahead?
¡quién sabe qué nos depara el futuro!
your whole life lies ahead of you

lie around

verb + adverb
1 (be scattered) (usually in -ing form)
estar tirado
estar botado (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
to leave things lying around
dejar las cosas tiradas (por ahí)
dejar las cosas botadas (por ahí) (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
2 (be idle)
estar tumbado or echado sin hacer nada

lie back

verb + adverb
lie back and relax
recuéstate y relájate

lie down

verb + adverb
1 (adopt lying position)
I'm going to lie down for a while
voy a echarme or recostarme un rato
2 (be lying)
estar echado or acostado or tendido or tumbado
to take something lying downI won't take this treatment lying down
no voy a permitir que me traten así sin protestar or pelear

lie in

verb + adverb
1 (sleep late) (British)
dormir hasta tarde
levantarse tarde
2 [archaic]
(pregnant woman)
estar de parto

lie over

verb + adverb
ser pospuesto

lie to

verb + adverb
estar al pairo or a la capa

lie up

verb + adverb
1 (hide)
2 (stay in bed)
quedarse en cama
guardar cama
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lie 2

American English: /laɪ/
British English: /lʌɪ/


  • (untruth) that's a lie!
    ¡(eso es) mentira!
    to tell lies
    decir mentiras
    to live a lie
    vivir una mentira
    to catch somebody in a lie (US)
    pescar a alguien en una mentira
    to give the lie to something
    desmentir algo
    Example sentences
    • And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.
    • It implies that everything up until now has been a pack of lies.
    • I was appalled at the political mileage that was made out of a pack of lies told about desperate people in need.

intransitive verb 3rd person singular present lies present participle lying past tense & past participle lied

  • (tell untruths) to lie about something
    mentir acerca de algo
    to lie to somebody
    mentirle a alguien
    the camera never lies
    la cámara nunca miente
    to lie one's way out of/into something
    salir de un problema/conseguir algo a base de mentiras
    Example sentences
    • The police later lied and said he had damaged the bus.
    • If we do, that would be tantamount to lying, deceit or unprofessionalism.
    • At every stage he has lied, prevaricated and obstructed this process of disarmament.
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