Meaning of lay out in English:

lay out

Translate lay out into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1lay something out, lay out somethingSpread something out to its full extent, especially so that it can be seen.

    ‘the police were insisting that suitcases should be opened and their contents laid out’
    • ‘her evening dress was laid out on the bed’
    • ‘If you were to uncoil a French horn and lay it out to its full length, it would be over six miles long.’
    • ‘Carefully holding them he made his way back to the couch and laid the contents out on the coffee table.’
    • ‘‘Thank you so, so much,’ I whispered, laying the dress out on the gown and hugging my aunt tightly.’
    • ‘He would lay his uniform out and dress from the toes up.’
    • ‘I lay my dress out on my bed and chose a pair of shoes before grabbing a towel and heading into the bathroom.’
    • ‘Piles of bullets, Beretta handguns and Kalashnikovs are laid out carefully next to ornamental knives and silver jewellery.’
    • ‘Since I still needed my dress the next week, I carefully laid it out on her bed and changed into a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.’
    • ‘The main instruments are laid out clearly in front of the driver.’
    • ‘She pulled out the costume and looked at the emblem thoughtfully for a minute, then carefully laid it out on another chair next to her front window.’
    • ‘Lauren unfolded the letter carefully and laid it out on the small table in her room.’
  • 2lay something out, lay out somethingConstruct or arrange buildings or gardens according to a plan.

    ‘they proceeded to lay out a new town’
    • ‘The area where the houses and gardens would be laid out would be raised by about 2ft to counter the risk of flooding and changes to the drainage at the edge of the reserve.’
    • ‘These gardens were laid out in 1550 for the Medici a year after they bought the Palazzo Pitti and were opened to the public in 1766.’
    • ‘The gardens had been laid out quite formally, but there are signs of obvious neglect.’
    • ‘The buyer will have the opportunity to specify how the interior and formal gardens are laid out and will be able to put their own, personal stamp on the property.’
    • ‘The 208 apartments in the Tramyard will be laid out in eight blocks arranged in clusters around a landscaped courtyard.’
    • ‘Land in Whitton has been laid out in 28 allotment plots of varying sizes.’
    • ‘The city of Philadelphia was laid out according to Penn's plan.’
    • ‘Santa Fe was laid out as a series of blocks around a plaza, with the government buildings on its north side.’
    • ‘Kutna Hora is laid out on a higgledy-piggledy hillside plan, a response to the mine-works underneath.’
    • ‘The Flower Garden near the Orchid House is laid out with beds of flowering annual and perennials.’
    1. 2.1Arrange and present material for printing and publication.
      ‘the brochure is beautifully laid out’
      • ‘The final feed would end up in the production department, where the text would be laid out and made ready for actual printing.’
      • ‘What I liked was that the material is laid out in a reasonable fashion.’
      • ‘The lines are laid out as prose, although there are a few attempts at verse format on the early pages, and sentences run on without a break.’
      • ‘The page proofs were laid out a few weeks in advance, and the minority panel convened for the last time to review them.’
      • ‘You can read the pages exactly as they are laid out in the physical paper and download pdfs of any pages you want to keep.’
      • ‘The book is produced in A4 format on shiny paper; it is laid out in two columns and thus looks very much like what it is: an issue of a journal captured between hard covers.’
      • ‘Organized by ribs, ruffles, fringes, and other structures these details are laid out on full sized pages with large color photographs.’
      • ‘The pages are laid out in tightly-controlled squares.’
      • ‘I like the way many small articles and pictures are laid out on the page so that my eye can skip from one to another.’
      design, plan, set out, arrange
    2. 2.2Explain something clearly and carefully.
      ‘we need a paper laying out our priorities’
      • ‘You have to lay it out for her, explain that her behaviour will end your relationship.’
      • ‘I liked the fact that he laid it out very clearly that we're going to be OK, but we're going to go after these guys.’
      • ‘Any scientific theory has an exemplary case where the basic ideas and methodologies are laid out clearly and convincingly.’
      • ‘The basic techniques had been laid out clearly in the agronomic handbooks of Ancient Rome.’
      • ‘Caroll's book was the first thing I'd read that seemed to lay it out clearly, and contrary to what I was expecting, he wasn't a fruitcake.’
      • ‘‘I believe that the approach to compensation as well as the specifics are laid out clearly in proxy statements and other public documents,’ he said.’
      • ‘The plans are laid out in a highly detailed 375 page document, which has been written before the organisation-wide strategic plan on which it is meant to be based.’
      • ‘A strategy meeting was convened and the plan was laid out.’
      • ‘Potential investors are periodically invited to watch the company perform 10-minute snatches of each property, and a business plan is laid out.’
      • ‘The plans will be laid out on Wednesday in a White Paper.’
      spread out, set out, arrange, display, exhibit, distribute, line up, order
  • 3lay someone out, lay out someonePrepare someone for burial after death.

    ‘they laid him out in the cabin in a big wooden box’
    • ‘It was later confirmed that Kennedy was laid out in the East Room prior to his burial in Arlington.’
    • ‘The design comes into its own in the final scene, when Lear and Cordelia are laid out together, finally united in death.’
    • ‘The walls of his log cabin-style burial chamber were draped in fabric, and he was laid out on a decorated bronze couch covered with furs and other material.’
    • ‘They laid Rhiannon out, and erased all traces of their involvement in bringing her there.’
    • ‘I think if you could actually die of boredom, Dan would be laid out on the floor in a body bag by this point.’
    • ‘A former Admiral of Cork Royal Yacht Club, he was laid out in his yacht club blazer and tie, a sailing hat placed on his remains.’
    • ‘Survivors were rushed to the nearby hospital, while more than a dozen bodies were laid out in the hospital garden with their faces covered by cardboard.’
    • ‘I'm not at all a superstitious man, but that day when his body was laid out like Jesus Christ, he did look how the Lord is depicted.’
    • ‘The front part of the house, where he had met his customers, was cleared of furniture and his body was laid out there.’
    • ‘His aunt said blood continued flow out of his nose when his body was laid out at his house before the funeral on September 2.’
    • ‘Indeed, his only remotely decent piece of acting comes when his corpse is laid out at the end of the film.’
    • ‘In a barren room lies the more or less mute and ill father; later his dead son is laid out in the same space.’
    • ‘Hours after the blaze was brought under control, dozens of bodies were laid out in a nearby parking lot, their faces covered by T-shirts.’
    • ‘Bodies of children were laid out under a grove of trees near a hospital awaiting identification.’
    • ‘The bodies were laid out in a neat row, each wrapped in a shroud of black plastic, next to the twisted wreckage of the bus.’
    • ‘You know, we were at the morgue yesterday afternoon and that was a really tough thing to do as well because hundreds of bodies have been laid out, all of them unidentified.’
  • 4lay someone out, lay out someone informal Knock someone unconscious.

    • ‘he was lucky that the punch didn't lay him out’
    • ‘If your brother knew what we did he'd lay me out with one punch.’
    • ‘The Major was laid out on the floor and a man in a white coat immediately bent over her.’
    knock out, knock unconscious, knock down, fell, floor, flatten, prostrate
  • 5lay something out, lay out something informal Spend a sum of money.

    • ‘look at the money I had to lay out for your uniform’
    • ‘Similarly in Sligo we will never know how much money is laid out, and at the end of the day it is the ordinary ‘Joe Soap’ that goes around begging to raise money for the County Board.’
    • ‘If the latter, then we have to wonder if consumers will be willing to lay out good money to see something they've already bought fixed properly.’
    • ‘But when we come in, the cheaper it is, the better for us, because we know we're not going to have to lay out so much money.’
    • ‘We've spent hours of time, we've laid out money, and we'll be working at least some of the day rather than watching our son compete.’
    • ‘But there are doubts about whether the two men want to lay out that amount.’
    spend, expend, pay, disburse, contribute, part with, invest, put in, devote, use up, donate, give