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lay 1

1. To place (a story, for example) in a designated setting:
2. To deposit in a specified place:
3. To place (a corpse) in or as if in a grave:
Idiom: lay to rest.
4. To regard as belonging to or resulting from another:
5. To arrange tableware upon (a table) in preparation for a meal:
6. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
7. To bring forward for formal consideration:
Archaic: allege.
8. To put up as a stake in a game or speculation.Also used with down:
Informal: go.
9. To make a bet:
Idiom: put one's money on something.
10. Military. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something:
phrasal verb
lay aside
To reserve for the future:
phrasal verb
lay away
1. To reserve for the future:
2. To place (money) in a bank:
Informal: sock away.
phrasal verb
lay by
To reserve for the future:
phrasal verb
lay down
1. To let (something) go:
2. To set forth expressly and authoritatively:
phrasal verb
lay for
Informal. To wait concealed in order to attack (someone):
Idioms: lay wait for, lie in wait for.
phrasal verb
lay in
1. To reserve for the future:
2. To accumulate and set aside for future use:
lay up, save (up), stockpile, store (up).
phrasal verb
lay into
Slang. To punish with blows or lashes:
Informal: trim.
Slang: lick.
phrasal verb
lay off
Slang. To cease trying to accomplish or continue:
Informal: swear off.
phrasal verb
lay out
1. To plan the details or arrangements of:
2. To work out and arrange the parts or details of:
3. To show graphically the direction or location of, as by using coordinates:
chart, map (out), plot.
4. To distribute (money) as payment:
Informal: fork out (or over) (or up), shell out.
phrasal verb
lay up
1. To reserve for the future:
2. To accumulate and set aside for future use:
lay in, save (up), stockpile, store (up).
References in classic literature ?
How may this be unless you first lay open to him the wound or trouble in your soul?
One of the doctor's medical books lay open on the table, half of the leaves gutted out, I suppose, for pipelights.
We shall therefore very minutely lay open those previous matters by which it was produced; and for that purpose we shall be obliged to reveal all the secrets of a little family with which my reader is at present entirely unacquainted; and of which the oeconomy was so rare and extraordinary, that I fear it will shock the utmost credulity of many married persons.
The new country lay open before me: there were no fences in those days, and I could choose my own way over the grass uplands, trusting the pony to get me home again.