Synonyms of lay in English

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lay1


See definition of lay

verb

1‘Curtis laid the empty can on the passenger seat’

SYNONYMS

put, place, set, put down, set down, deposit, rest, situate, sit, settle, stow, balance, station, drop, leave, let fall, throw down, fling down, deploy, locate, position

informal plant, stick, dump, bung, park, plonk, pop, shove

ANTONYMS

pick up

2‘the Act which laid the foundation for the modern education system’

SYNONYMS

set in place, set in position, put in place, put in position, set out, position

establish, set up

3‘I'll lay money that Michelle will be there’

SYNONYMS

bet, wager, gamble, stake, hazard, risk, chance, venture

give odds, speculate, game

informal punt, have a flutter

4‘he had been the first to lay formal charges’

SYNONYMS

bring, bring forward, put forward, submit, advance, present, press, prefer, offer, lodge, register, place, file, table

accuse, charge, indict

North American impeach

5‘he laid the blame for the crisis firmly at the Prime Minister's door’

SYNONYMS

assign, attribute, ascribe, allocate, allot, impute, attach, impose, fix

hold someone responsible, hold someone accountable, hold someone answerable, condemn, find guilty of, pin the blame on

ANTONYMS

exonerate, hold blameless

6‘we laid plans for the next voyage’

SYNONYMS

devise, arrange, contrive, make, prepare, work out, hatch, concoct, design, plan, scheme, plot, organize, frame, think up, dream up, cook up, brew, conceive, make ready, get ready, put together, draw up, produce, develop, compose, formulate

7‘the new section laid a responsibility on the court to consider whether financial obligations should be terminated’

SYNONYMS

impose, apply, entrust, vest, place, put

inflict, encumber, saddle, tax, charge, burden

ANTONYMS

excuse

8‘the eagles laid two eggs’

SYNONYMS

produce

technical oviposit


Synonyms of lay in English

: lay1lay2

lay2


See definition of lay

adjective

1‘a lay preacher’

SYNONYMS

non-clerical, non-ordained, non-ecclesiastical, secular, temporal

civil, civilian

rare laic, laical

ANTONYMS

ordained

2‘I cannot explain to a lay audience the techniques I used to study these genes’

SYNONYMS

non-professional, amateur, non-specialist, non-technical, untrained, unqualified, inexpert

dilettante

ANTONYMS

qualified, professional


Phrases

    lay something aside

      1‘payments for farmers who lay aside areas for conservation’

      SYNONYMS

      put aside, put to one side, keep, save, store, hold in abeyance

      2‘producers must lay aside the conservatism that hindered development in the past’

      SYNONYMS

      abandon, cast aside, reject, renounce, repudiate, dismiss, disregard, ignore, forget, discard

      archaic

      forsake

      ANTONYMS

      take up

      3‘Protestants opposed it strongly enough to lead the government to lay the idea aside’

      SYNONYMS

      defer, shelve, hold over, suspend, put on ice, mothball, set aside, put off, put aside, put out of one's mind, wave aside, put back, adjourn

      informal

      put on the back burner, put in cold storage

      rare

      remit

      ANTONYMS

      pursue, promote, progress

    lay something bare

      ‘the secrets of his heart will be laid bare’

      SYNONYMS

      reveal, disclose, divulge, show, expose, exhibit, bring to light, uncover, unveil, unmask, manifest, express, highlight, pinpoint, put the spotlight on, betray, give away, smoke out, let slip, blurt out, publish, acknowledge, make a clean breast of, make known, make public

      ANTONYMS

      conceal

    lay something down

      1‘he laid down his glass’

      SYNONYMS

      put down, set down, place down, deposit, drop, station, leave, rest

      informal

      dump, bung down, plonk down

      2‘they were forced to lay down their weapons’

      SYNONYMS

      relinquish, surrender, give up, yield, cede, turn over

      disarm, give in, submit, capitulate, raise the white flag, show the white flag, throw in the sponge, throw in the towel, demilitarize

      3‘the ground rules laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority’

      SYNONYMS

      formulate, stipulate, set down, draw up, frame

      prescribe, order, command, ordain, dictate, decree, enjoin, assert

      pronounce, announce, proclaim, promulgate

      enact, pass, direct, decide, determine, impose, establish, institute, specify, fix, codify

      4‘I like to buy young wines and lay them down for a few years’

      SYNONYMS

      store, put into store, keep for future use, keep, save

    lay down the law

      ‘when his father tried to lay down the law, he rebelled’

      SYNONYMS

      order someone about, order someone around, tell someone what to do, boss someone about, boss someone around, ride roughshod over someone, be dogmatic, be domineering

      call the shots, call the tune

      informal

      throw one's weight about, throw one's weight around, push someone about, push someone around

    lay eyes on

      ‘I've never laid eyes on him before!’

      SYNONYMS

      see other, spot, observe, regard, notice, catch sight of, view, perceive, discern, spy

      clap eyes on, set eyes on, clock

      literary

      behold, espy, descry

    lay hands on

      1‘wait till I lay my hands on you!’

      SYNONYMS

      catch, lay hold of, get one's hands on, get hold of, seize, grab, snatch, clutch, grip, grasp, capture

      ANTONYMS

      let go, leave alone

      2‘it's not easy to lay your hands on decent champagne around here’

      SYNONYMS

      obtain, acquire, get, come by, find, locate, discover, unearth, uncover, bring to light, run to earth, turn up, pick up, come up with, secure, procure, hit on, ferret out, get one's hands on, encounter, get possession of, buy, purchase

      informal

      get one's mitts on

      3‘the pastor will lay hands on those who come before him’

      SYNONYMS

      bless, consecrate

      confirm

      ordain

    lay something in

      ‘Bill proposed that we should lay in a lot of good meat, and keep it for the winter’

      SYNONYMS

      stock up on, stock up with, stockpile, amass, heap up, hoard, save, stow, put aside, garner, accumulate, pile up, mass, assemble, stack up, put away, stow away, husband, reserve, preserve, conserve, collect, muster, put by, put by for a rainy day, squirrel away

      informal

      salt away

    lay into

      1‘a policeman laying into a protestor’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, tear into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub

      lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about, knock around, rough up

      British

      have a go at

      ANTONYMS

      leave in peace

      2‘there was no reason for him to lay into her with a string of insults’

      SYNONYMS

      criticize harshly, castigate, censure, lambaste, harangue, condemn, pillory, rant at, rave at

      berate, upbraid, rebuke, chide, reproach, reprove, scold

      pitch into, crucify, rubbish, slag off

      British

      have a go at

      North American

      light into, bad-mouth, bawl out

      rare

      objurgate

      ANTONYMS

      praise, extol

    lay it on

      ‘lay it on thick about what you'll do for them’

      SYNONYMS

      exaggerate, stretch the truth, overdo it, overstate one's case, embellish the truth

      flatter, pay extravagant compliments, give fulsome praise, over-praise, soft-soap

      pile it on, lay it on with a shovel, lay it on with a trowel, ham it up, sweet-talk

      ANTONYMS

      understate

    lay off

      ‘you should lay off smoking’

      SYNONYMS

      give up, stop, refrain from, abstain from, not continue, desist from, leave alone, cut out

      North American

      quit

      pack in, leave off, kick, give over, knock off

      ANTONYMS

      start, take up

    lay someone off

      ‘cutbacks forced the museum to lay off 244 employees’

      SYNONYMS

      make redundant, dismiss, let go, discharge, give notice to, pay off, release

      informal

      sack, give someone the sack, fire, give someone their cards, give someone their marching orders, send packing, give someone the boot, give someone the bullet, give someone the push, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho, boot out

      ANTONYMS

      take on, hire

    lay something on

      ‘they arrived at the club to find no refreshments laid on’

      SYNONYMS

      provide, supply, furnish, give, fix up, line up, organize, prepare, produce, come up with, dispense, purvey, bestow, impart, make available

      cater

    lay someone out

      ‘he belted him, laid him out flat’

      SYNONYMS

      knock out, knock unconscious, knock down, fell, floor, flatten, prostrate

      KO, kayo, knock for six

    lay something out

      1‘Robyn laid the plans out on the desk’

      SYNONYMS

      spread out, set out, arrange, display, exhibit, distribute, line up, order

      ANTONYMS

      fold up, put away

      2‘a pamphlet which tells you how to lay out election leaflets’

      SYNONYMS

      design, plan, set out, arrange

      map out, outline, sketch out, rough out, block out, detail, draw up, formulate, work out, frame, draft, plot out, trace out

      3‘he had to lay out $70 on antibiotics’

      SYNONYMS

      spend, expend, pay, disburse, contribute, part with, invest, put in, devote, use up, donate, give

      lavish, squander, waste, dissipate

      shell out, fork out, dish out, splurge

      British

      stump up

      North American

      ante up, pony up

    lay waste

      ‘the army laid waste to hundreds of villages’

      SYNONYMS

      devastate, wipe out, destroy, demolish, annihilate, raze, ruin, leave in ruins, wreck, level, flatten, gut, consume, ravage, pillage, sack, wreak havoc on

      literary

      despoil

      rare

      depredate