Student Thesaurus

2 entries found for lay.
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Entry Word: lay
Function: verb
Text: 1 to arrange something in a certain spot or position <just lay the book over there on the table for now> -- see PLACE 1
2 to cause to come to rest at the bottom (as of a liquid) <the rain was just hard enough to lay the dust in the air> -- see SETTLE 1
3 to establish or apply as a charge or penalty <the officials tried to lay a tax on merchandise sold over the Internet> -- see IMPOSE
4 to make ready in advance <she's laying plans for the prom months ahead of time> -- see PREPARE 1
5 to put a layer of on a surface <the worker laid mortar over the first row of bricks before starting the second> -- see SPREAD 2
6 to risk (something) on the outcome of an uncertain event <I'll lay five dollars that you can't do it> -- see BET