- 2→ land 1 1 1Example 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)echarse
tumbarseExample sentences1.2 (be in lying position)
estar tendidoyacer [literary]he was lying flat on his backestaba tendido or acostado de espaldashis body lay in the coffinel cadáver yacía en el ataúd [literary]he often lies in bed until nooncon frecuencia se queda en la cama hasta el mediodíalie still!¡quédate quieto!she lay motionless on the floorestaba tendida en el suelo sin moverseI lay awake for hoursestuve horas sin poder dormirshe lay in a coma for three daysestuvo tres días en comato lie with somebody [archaic]acostarse con alguienyacer con alguien [archaic]to lie lowtratar de pasar inadvertido1.3 (be buried)yacer [literary]estar sepultado [formal]here lies John Smithaquí yacen los restos de John SmithExample 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.
- 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)(object)the papers lay where he had left them
estarlos papeles estaban donde los había dejadothe snow lay two feet deepla nieve tenía dos pies de espesorthe book lay open at page 304el libro estaba abierto en la página 304the tomb lay undisturbed for centuriespasaron siglos antes de que se diera con la tumbait lies heavy on your stomachcae pesado (al estómago)the factory still lay idlela fábrica seguía paradathe ship lay at anchorel barco estaba fondeado or ancladowill 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.
- 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)(building/city)Versailles lies 18 km west of Paris
estar (situado or ubicado)Versalles se encuentra or está a 18 kms al oeste de Parísa group of islands lying off the west coastun conjunto de islas situadas cerca de la costa occidentalExample sentences3.2 (stretch)
extendersethe vast ocean lay before them [literary]el inmenso océano se extendía ante ellos [literary]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.
- 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(answer)where do your sympathies lie?
estar¿con quién simpatizas?the truth lies somewhere in betweenla verdad está en algún punto intermedioit's hard to see where the problem lieses difícil ver en qué estriba or radica el problemavictory lay within his grasptenía la victoria al alcance de la manoa new life lay before themuna nueva vida se abría ante elloswhat 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.
- → lie around
- to lie ahead (
- 1 (be scattered) (usually in -ing form)
- 1 (adopt lying position)
- 1 (sleep late) (British)
- 1 (hide)
teníamos por delante millas de desierto/días y días de esperawho knows what may lie ahead?
¡quién sabe qué nos depara el futuro!your whole life lies ahead of you
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
recostarselie back and relax
recuéstate y relájate
echarseI'm going to lie down for a while
voy a echarme or recostarme un rato2 (be lying)
estar echado or acostado or tendido or tumbadoto take something lying downI won't take this treatment lying down
no voy a permitir que me traten así sin protestar or pelear
dormir hasta tarde2 [archaic]
estar de parto
estar de parto
estar al pairo or a la capa
(criminal/guerrilla)2 (stay in bed)
quedarse en cama
- (untruth) that's a lie!¡(eso es) mentira!to tell liesdecir mentirasto live a lie
mentirvivir una mentirato catch somebody in a lie (US)pescar a alguien en una mentirato give the lie to somethingdesmentir algoExample 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
aboutsomethingmentirto lie acerca dealgo tosomebodymentirlethe camera never lies aalguienla cámara nunca mienteto lie one's way out of/into somethingsalir de un problema/conseguir algo a base de mentirasExample 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.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.