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1Firmly or skilfully laid.
2With adverbs in uses corresponding to phrasal verbs at "lay", especially in "well-laid-out".
3Of a plan, scheme, etc.: formulated carefully or meticulously.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From well + laid, past participle of lay.
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