Synonyms of lay in English:

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  • 1 Curtis laid the empty can on the passenger seat
    put, place, set, put down, set down, deposit, rest, situate, sit, settle, stow, balance, station, drop, leave, let fall, throw down, fling down, deploy, locate, position
    informal plant, stick, dump, bung, park, plonk, pop, shove
    [Antonyms] pick up
  • 2 the Act which laid the foundation for the modern education system
    set in place/position, put in place/position, set out, position;
  • 3 I'll lay money that Michelle will be there
    bet, wager, gamble, stake, hazard, risk, chance, venture;
    informal punt, have a flutter
  • 4 he had been the first to lay formal charges
    bring, bring forward, put forward, submit, advance, present, press, prefer, offer, lodge, register, place, file, table;
    accuse, charge, indict;
    North American  impeach
  • 5 he laid the blame for the crisis firmly at the Prime Minister's door
    assign, attribute, ascribe, allocate, allot, impute, attach, impose, fix;
    hold someone responsible, hold someone accountable, hold someone answerable, condemn, find guilty of, pin the blame on
    [Antonyms] exonerate, hold blameless
  • 6 we laid plans for the next voyage
    devise, arrange, contrive, make, prepare, work out, hatch, concoct, design, plan, scheme, plot, organize, frame, think up, dream up, cook up, brew, conceive, make ready, get ready, put together, draw up, produce, develop, compose, formulate
  • 7 the new section laid a responsibility on the court to consider whether financial obligations should be terminated
    impose, apply, entrust, vest, place, put;
    inflict, encumber, saddle, tax, charge, burden
    [Antonyms] excuse
  • 8 the eagles laid two eggs
    technical oviposit
  • Phrases

    lay something aside
  • 1 payments for farmers who lay aside areas for conservation
    put aside, put to one side, keep, save, store, hold in abeyance
  • 2 producers must lay aside the conservatism that hindered development in the past
    abandon, cast aside, reject, renounce, repudiate, dismiss, disregard, ignore, forget, discard
    archaic forsake
    [Antonyms] take up
  • 3 Protestants opposed it strongly enough to lead the government to lay the idea aside
    informal put on the back burner, put in cold storage
    rare remit
    [Antonyms] pursue, promote, progress
  • lay something bare
    the secrets of his heart will be laid bare
    [Antonyms] conceal
    reveal, disclose, divulge, show, expose, exhibit, bring to light, uncover, unveil, unmask, manifest, express, highlight, pinpoint, put the spotlight on, betray, give away, smoke out, let slip, blurt out, publish, acknowledge, make a clean breast of, make known, make public
    lay something down
  • 1 he laid down his glass
    put down, set down, place down, deposit, drop, station, leave, rest
  • 2 they were forced to lay down their weapons
    relinquish, surrender, give up, yield, cede, turn over;
    disarm, give in, submit, capitulate, raise/show the white flag, throw in the towel/sponge, demilitarize
  • 3 the ground rules laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority
    formulate, stipulate, set down, draw up, frame;
    prescribe, order, command, ordain, dictate, decree, enjoin, assert;
    pronounce, announce, proclaim, promulgate;
    enact, pass, direct, decide, determine, impose, establish, institute, specify, fix, codify
  • 4 I like to buy young wines and lay them down for a few years
    store, put into store, keep for future use, keep, save
  • lay down the law
    when his father tried to lay down the law, he rebelled
    order someone about/around, tell someone what to do, boss someone about/around, ride roughshod over someone, be dogmatic, be domineering;
    call the shots, call the tune
    lay eyes on
    informal I've never laid eyes on him before!
    informal clap/set eyes on, clock
    literary behold, espy, descry
    lay hands on
  • 1 wait till I lay my hands on you!
    catch, lay hold of, get one's hands on, get hold of, seize, grab, snatch, clutch, grip, grasp, capture
    [Antonyms] let go, leave alone
  • 2 it's not easy to lay your hands on decent champagne around here
    obtain, acquire, get, come by, find, locate, discover, unearth, uncover, bring to light, run to earth, turn up, pick up, come up with, secure, procure, hit on, ferret out, get one's hands on, encounter, get possession of, buy, purchase
    informal get one's mitts on
  • 3 the pastor will lay hands on those who come before him
    bless, consecrate;
  • lay something in
    Bill proposed that we should lay in a lot of good meat, and keep it for the winter
    stock up with/on, stockpile, store (up), amass, heap up, hoard, save, stow, put aside, garner, accumulate, pile up, mass, assemble, stack up, put away, stow away, husband, reserve, preserve, conserve, collect, muster, put by, put by for a rainy day, squirrel away
    lay into
  • 1 a policeman laying into a protestor
    attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, tear into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub
    informal lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about/around, rough up
    British informal have a go at
    [Antonyms] leave in peace
  • 2 there was no reason for him to lay into her with a string of insults
    criticize harshly, castigate, censure, lambaste, harangue, condemn, pillory, rant at, rave at;
    berate, upbraid, rebuke, chide, reproach, reprove, scold
    informal pitch into, crucify, rubbish, slag off
    British informal have a go at
    North American informal light into, bad-mouth, bawl out
    rare objurgate
    [Antonyms] praise, extol
  • informal
    lay it on
    informal lay it on thick about what you'll do for them
    [Antonyms] understate
    exaggerate, stretch the truth, overdo it, overstate one's case, embellish the truth;
    flatter, pay extravagant compliments, give fulsome praise, over-praise, soft-soap
    informal pile it on, lay it on with a trowel/shovel, ham it up, sweet-talk
    lay off
    informal you should lay off smoking
    [Antonyms] start, take up
    North American  quit
    lay someone off
    cutbacks forced the museum to lay off 244 employees
    [Antonyms] take on, hire
    make redundant, dismiss, let go, discharge, give notice to, pay off, release
    lay something on
    they arrived at the club to find no refreshments laid on
    provide, supply, furnish, give, fix up, line up, organize, prepare, produce, come up with, dispense, purvey, bestow, impart, make available;
    lay someone out
    informal he belted him, laid him out flat
    knock out, knock unconscious, knock down, fell, floor, flatten, prostrate
    informal KO, kayo, knock for six
    lay something out
  • 1 Robyn laid the plans out on the desk
    spread out, set out, arrange, display, exhibit, distribute, line up, order
    [Antonyms] fold up, put away
  • 2 a pamphlet which tells you how to lay out election leaflets
    design, plan, set out, arrange;
    map out, outline, sketch out, rough out, block out, detail, draw up, formulate, work out, frame, draft, plot out, trace out
  • 3 informal he had to lay out $70 on antibiotics
    lavish, squander, waste, dissipate
    British informal stump up
    North American informal ante up, pony up
  • lay waste
    the army laid waste to hundreds of villages
    devastate, wipe out, destroy, demolish, annihilate, raze, ruin, leave in ruins, wreck, level, flatten, gut, consume, ravage, pillage, sack, wreak havoc on
    literary despoil
    rare depredate
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  • 1 a lay preacher
    [Antonyms] ordained
  • 2 I cannot explain to a lay audience the techniques I used to study these genes
    [Antonyms] qualified, professional
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