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Definizione monolingua e traduzione lay



Inglese grammatica

lay


Verb

lay (third-person singular simple present lays, present participle laying, simple past and past participle laid)


  1. (transitive) To place down in a position of rest.
    • 1735, author unknown, The New-England Primer, as reported by Fred R. Shapiro in The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Yale University Press, pages 549–550:
      Now I lay me down to sleep, / I pray the Lord my Soul to keep. / If I should die before I ’wake, / I pray the Lord my Soul to take.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to subside or abate.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      The cloudes, as things affrayd, before him flye; / But all so soone as his outrageous powre / Is layd, they fiercely then begin to shoure [...].
    • 1662, Thomas Salusbury, Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two World Systems, Dialogue 2:
      But how upon the winds being laid, doth the ship cease to move?
  3. (transitive) To leave something somewhere.
  4. (transitive) To prepare (a plan, project etc.); to set out, establish (a law, principle).
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 48:
      Even when I lay a long plan, it is never in the expectation that I will live to see it fulfilled.
  5. (transitive) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another.
    lay brick
    lay flooring
  6. (transitive) To produce and deposit an egg.
  7. (transitive) To wager that an event will not take place.
  8. (transitive, slang) To have sex with.
Noun

lay (plural lays)


  1. Arrangement or relationship; layout.
  2. The direction a rope is twisted.
    Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
  3. A casual sexual partner.
    What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?
  4. (nonstandard or colloquial) the lay of the land (rather than the standard the lie of the land)
Adjective

lay (comparative more lay, superlative most lay)


  1. Non-professional; not being a member of an organized institution.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
      He hasnt caught a mouse since he was a slip of a kitten. Except when eating, he does nothing but sleep. [...] Its a sort of disease. Theres a scientific name for it. Trau- something. Traumatic symplegia, thats it. This cat has traumatic symplegia. In other words, putting it in simple language adapted to the lay mind, where other cats are content to get their eight hours, Augustus wants his twenty-four.
  2. Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them.
    They seemed more lay than clerical.
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