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  1. lay

    • IPA[leɪ]

    英式

    • v.
      put (something) down gently or carefully;prevent (something) from rising off the ground
    • n.
      the general appearance of an area of land;the position or direction in which something lies
    • noun: lay

    • verb: lay, 3rd person present: lays, gerund or present participle: laying, past tense: laid, past participle: laid

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    • v.
      動詞
    • 1. put (something) down gently or carefully:

      she laid the baby in his cot

    • 2. prevent (something) from rising off the ground:

      there may have been the odd light shower just to lay the dust

    • 3. put down and set in position for use:

      it is advisable to have your carpet laid by a professional

    • 4. set cutlery, crockery, etc. on (a table) in preparation for a meal:

      she laid the table for dinner

    • 5. cover (a surface) with objects or a substance:

      the floor was laid with mattresses

    • 6. put the material for (a fire) in place and arrange it:

      he was making newspaper knots before laying a fire in the fireplace

    • 7. prepare (a trap) for someone:

      she wouldn't put it past him to lay a trap for her

    • 8. work out (an idea or suggestion) in detail ready for use or presentation:

      I'd like more time to lay my plans

    • 9. present information or suggestions to be considered and acted upon by (someone):

      he laid before Parliament proposals for the establishment of the committee

    • 10. locate (an episode in a play, novel, etc.) in a particular place:

      no one who knew the area could be in doubt where the scene was laid

    • 11. stake (an amount of money) in a bet:

      she suspected he was pulling her leg, but she wouldn't have laid money on it

    • 12. used with an abstract noun so that the phrase formed has the same meaning as the verb related to the noun used, e.g. ‘lay the blame on’ means ‘to blame’:

      she laid great stress on little courtesies

    • 13. (of a female bird, insect, reptile, or amphibian) produce (an egg) from inside the body:

      flamingos lay only one egg

      the hens were laying at the same rate as usual

    • 14. have sex with.
    • 15. follow (a specified course):

      I'm going to lay a course for Ibiza harbour

    • 16. trim (a hedge) back, cutting the branches half through, bending them down, and interweaving them:

      most hedges are no longer laid

    • n.
      名詞
    • 1. the general appearance of an area of land:

      the lay of the surrounding countryside

    • 2. the position or direction in which something lies:

      roll the carpet against the lay of the nap

    • 3. the direction or amount of twist in rope strands.
    • 4. an act of sexual intercourse.
    • 5. a person with a particular ability or availability as a sexual partner.
    • 6. the laying of eggs or the period during which they are laid:

      the onset of lay may be marked by a dropping of the duck's abdomen

    • v.
      (of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface:
    • the body lay face downwards on the grass

      I had to lie down because I was groggy

    • n.
      the way, direction, or position in which something lies:
    • he was familiarizing himself with the lie of the streets

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    • (of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface:
    • the man lay face downward on the grass

      I had to lie down for two hours because I was groggy

    • n.
      the way, direction, or position in which something lies:
    • he was familiarizing himself with the lie of the streets

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    • IPA[lā]

    美式

    • v.
      put down, especially gently or carefully:
    • she laid the baby in his crib
    • n.
      the general appearance of an area, including the direction of streams, hills, and similar features:
    • the lay of the surrounding countryside

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    • IPA[leɪ]

    英式

    • adj.
      not ordained into or belonging to the clergy:
    • a lay preacher

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    • IPA[leɪ]

    英式

    • n.
      a short lyric or narrative poem meant to be sung:
    • a minstrel recited a series of lays

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    • IPA[lā]

    美式

    • adj.
      not ordained into or belonging to the clergy:
    • a lay preacher

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    • IPA[lā]

    美式

    • n.
      a short lyric or narrative poem meant to be sung:
    • a minstrel recited a series of lays

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