Synonyms of lie in English:

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lie 1


  • 1 loyalty had made him tell lies
    untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, invention, fiction, piece of fiction, falsification;
    (little) white lie, half-truth, exaggeration
    informaltall tale, whopper, taradiddle
    [Antonyms] truth
  • verb

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  • 1 he lied to the police
    tell an untruth, tell a lie, fib, dissemble, dissimulate, misinform, mislead, tell a white lie, perjure oneself, commit perjury, prevaricate
    informallie through one's teeth, stretch the truth
    formalforswear oneself
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    mendacious telling lies; untruthful

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    lie 2


  • 1 he was lying on a bed
    recline, lie down, lie back, be recumbent, be prostrate, be supine, be prone, be stretched out, sprawl, rest, repose, lounge, loll
    [Antonyms] stand
  • 2 her handbag lay on a chair
    be placed, be situated, be positioned, rest
  • 3 lying on the border of Switzerland and Austria
    be situated, be located, be placed, be found, be sited
  • 4 the difficulty lies in building real quality into the products
    consist, be inherent, be present, be contained, exist, reside
  • Usage

    lie, lay

    The verb lie (‘assume a horizontal or resting position’) is often confused with the verb lay (‘put something down’), giving rise to incorrect uses such as he is laying on the bed (correct use is he is lying on the bed) or why don't you lie the suitcase on the bed? (correct use is why don't you lay the suitcase on the bed?). The confusion is only heightened by the fact that lay is not only the base form of to lay, but is also the past tense of to lie, so while he is laying on the bed is incorrect, he lay on the bed yesterday is quite correct. See also lay1


    lie heavy on

    keeping these secrets from her family lies heavy on her
    trouble, worry, bother, torment, oppress, nag, prey on one's mind, plague, niggle at, gnaw at, haunt

    lie low

    his family will have to lie low until the trial is over
    hide, go into hiding, conceal oneself, keep out of sight, go underground, hide out
    informalhole up

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