lie


lie
lie
lie1 [lī]
vi.
lay, lain, lying [ME lien < 2d & 3d pers. sing. of earlier liggen < OE licgan, to lie, akin to Ger liegen < IE base * legh-, to lie, lay oneself down > L lectus & Gr lēchos, bed, lōchos, lair]
1. to be or put oneself in a reclining position along a relatively horizontal surface: often with down
2. to be in a more or less horizontal position on some supporting surface: said of inanimate things
3. to be or remain in a specified condition [motives that lie hidden]
4. to be situated [Canada lies to the north]
5. to extend; stretch [the road that lies before us]
6. to be; exist; be found [the love that lies in her eyes]
7. to be buried or entombed
8. Archaic to stay overnight or for a short while; lodge
9. Archaic to have sexual intercourse ( with)
10. Law to be maintainable or admissible [an action that will not lie]
vt.
Golf to have, on the hole being played, a score of [after her approach shot, she lies three on the ninth hole]
n.
1. the way in which something is situated or arranged; lay
2. an animal's lair or resting place
3. Brit. a period of resting
4. Golf the relative situation of a ball with reference to the advantage it offers the player [a good lie]
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☆ lie down on the job
Informal to put forth less than one's best efforts
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lie in
to be in confinement for childbirth
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lie off
Naut. to stay at a distance from shore or another ship
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☆ lie over
to stay and wait until some future time
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lie to
Naut. to lie more or less stationary with the bow to the wind
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take lying down
to submit to (punishment, a wrong, etc.) without protest
lie2 [lī]
vi.
lied, lying [ME lien < OE leogan, akin to Ger lügen (Goth liugan) < IE base * leugh-, to tell lies > Lith lūgoti, to ask]
1.
a) to make a statement that one knows is false, esp. with intent to deceive
b) to make such statements habitually
2. to give a false impression; deceive one [statistics can lie]
vt.
to bring, put, accomplish, etc. by lying [to lie oneself into office]
n.
1. a false statement or action, esp. one made with intent to deceive
2. anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression
3. the charge of lying
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give the lie to
1. to charge with telling a lie
2. to prove to be false; belie
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lie in one's throat or lie in one's teeth or lie in or through one's teeth
to tell a foul or outrageous lie
SYN.- LIE2 is the simple direct word meaning to make a deliberately false statement; PREVARICATE strictly means to quibble or confuse the issue in order to evade the truth, but it is loosely used as a formal or affected substitute for LIE2; EQUIVOCATE implies the deliberate use of ambiguity in order to deceive or mislead; FABRICATE suggests the invention of a false story, excuse, etc. intended to deceive and is, hence, sometimes used as a somewhat softer equivalent for LIE2; FIB implies the telling of a falsehood about something unimportant and is sometimes a euphemism for LIE2

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  • lie — lie …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lie — [ li ] n. f. • 1120; lias VIIIe; gaul. °liga 1 ♦ Dépôt qui se forme au fond des récipients contenant des boissons fermentées. ⇒ fèces, résidu. Lie de cidre, de bière. Spécialt Lie de vin, ou absolt la lie. « Il ne sentait pas le vin, il sentait… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lié — lie [ li ] n. f. • 1120; lias VIIIe; gaul. °liga 1 ♦ Dépôt qui se forme au fond des récipients contenant des boissons fermentées. ⇒ fèces, résidu. Lie de cidre, de bière. Spécialt Lie de vin, ou absolt la lie. « Il ne sentait pas le vin, il… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lie — 1. (lie) s. f. 1°   Ce qu il y a de plus grossier dans une liqueur et qui va au fond. •   Avant qu aller si vite, au moins je le supplie Savoir que le bon vin ne peut être sans lie, RÉGNIER Sat. XII. •   La coupe où nous buvons a toujours une lie …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Lie — Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LIE (S.) — À la fin du XIXe siècle, le mathématicien norvégien Marius Sophus Lie a posé les fondements d’une des théories les plus centrales des mathématiques contemporaines, la théorie des groupes de Lie, dont la puissance s’est révélée considérable, et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lie# — lie vb Lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth directly or indirectly. Lie is the straightforward word, flatly imputing dishonesty to the speaker {he lies, and he knows he lies Johnson} {the article . . . has… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Lie — (l[imac]), n. [AS. lyge; akin to D. leugen, OHG. lugi, G. l[ u]ge, lug, Icel. lygi, Dan. & Sw. l[ o]gn, Goth. liugn. See {Lie} to utter a falsehood.] 1. A falsehood uttered or acted for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lie — Ⅰ. lie [1] ► VERB (lying; past lay; past part. lain) 1) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface. 2) be or remain in a specified state. 3) reside or be found. 4) …   English terms dictionary

  • lié — lié, ée (li é, ée) part. passé de lier. 1°   Attaché avec des cordes. Lié et garrotté. On l a mené pieds et poings liés. •   Chicaneau : J irais trouver mon juge, et lui dirais.... Liez moi. La comtesse : Monsieur, je ne veux point être liée, RAC …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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