Synonyms of lay in English

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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’

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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

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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 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 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 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 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 eyes on

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


    SYNONYMS
    informal

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

    informal

    clap eyes on, set eyes on, clock

    literary

    behold, espy, descry

    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, store, store up, 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, stash, stash away

    lay into

    1‘three youths laid into him’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    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

    informal

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

    British informal

    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
    informal

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

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

    informal

    pitch into, crucify, rubbish, slag off

    British informal

    have a go at

    North American informal

    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
    informal

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

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

    informal

    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
    informal

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

    North American

    quit

    informal

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

    ANTONYMS

    start, take up

    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 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 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
    informal

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

    lavish, squander, waste, dissipate

    informal

    shell out, fork out, dish out, splurge

    British informal

    stump up

    North American informal

    ante up, pony up

    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