Synonyms of lay in English:

lay1

verb

  • 2 the Act which laid the foundation for the modern education system
    set in place/position, put in place/position, set out, position; establish, set up
  • 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
    he laid the blame for the crisis firmly at the Prime Minister's door
    [Antonyms] exonerate hold blameless
  • 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
    the new section laid a responsibility on the court to consider whether financial obligations should be terminated
    [Antonyms] excuse
  • 8 the eagles laid two eggs
    produce
    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
    producers must lay aside the conservatism that hindered development in the past
    [Antonyms] take up

lay something bare

the secrets of his heart will be laid bare
[Antonyms] conceal
revealdisclosedivulgeshowexposeexhibitbring to lightuncoverunveilunmaskmanifestexpresshighlightpinpointput the spotlight onbetraygive awaysmoke outlet slipblurt outpublishacknowledgemake a clean breast ofmake knownmake public

lay something down

  • 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/aroundtell someone what to doboss someone about/aroundride roughshod over someonebe dogmaticbe domineeringcall the shotscall the tune informalthrow one's weight about/aroundpush someone about/around

lay eyes on

informal I've never laid eyes on him before! seespotobserveregardnoticecatch sight ofviewperceivediscernspy informalclap/set eyes onclock literarybeholdespydescry

lay hands on

  • 3 the pastor will lay hands on those who come before him
    bless, consecrate; confirm; ordain

lay something in

Bill proposed that we should lay in a lot of good meat, and keep it for the winter stock up with/onstockpilestore (up)amassheap uphoardsavestowput asidegarneraccumulatepile upmassassemblestack upput awaystow awayhusbandreservepreserveconservecollectmusterput byput by for a rainy daysquirrel away informalsalt awaystash (away)

lay into

lay it on

informal lay it on thick about what you'll do for them
[Antonyms] understate
exaggeratestretch the truthoverdo itoverstate one's caseembellish the truthflatterpay extravagant complimentsgive fulsome praiseover-praisesoft-soap informalpile it onlay it on with a trowel/shovelham it upsweet-talk

lay off

informal you should lay off smoking
[Antonyms] start take up
give upstoprefrain fromabstain fromnot continuedesist fromleave alonecut outNorth Americanquit informalpack inleave offkickgive overknock off

lay someone off

cutbacks forced the museum to lay off 244 employees
[Antonyms] take on hire
make redundantdismisslet godischargegive notice topay offrelease informalsackgive someone the sackfiregive someone their cardsgive someone their marching orderssend packinggive someone the bootgive someone the bulletgive someone the pushgive someone the (old) heave-hoboot out

lay something on

they arrived at the club to find no refreshments laid on providesupplyfurnishgivefix upline uporganizeprepareproducecome up withdispensepurveybestowimpartmake availablecater

lay someone out

informal he belted him, laid him out flat knock outknock unconsciousknock downfellfloorflattenprostrate informalKOkayoknock 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
    Robyn laid the plans out on the desk
    [Antonyms] fold up put away

lay waste

the army laid waste to hundreds of villages devastatewipe outdestroydemolishannihilaterazeruinleave in ruinswrecklevelflattengutconsumeravagepillagesackwreak havoc on literarydespoil raredepredate

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Pronunciation: skōSH
noun
a small amount; a little

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