Synonyms of lie in English

: lie1lie2

lie1


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noun

1‘Len's loyalty to his mates had made him tell lies’

SYNONYMS
untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
white lie, little white lie, half-truth, exaggeration, prevarication, departure from the truth, alternative fact
yarn, story, red herring, fable, myth, flight of fancy, figment of the imagination
pretence, pretext, sham
misinformation, disinformation, perjury, dissimulation, mendacity, gossip, propaganda
informal tall story, tall tale, whopper
British informal porky, pork pie, porky pie
humorous terminological inexactitude
vulgar slang bullshit
Australian, New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust
ANTONYMS

truth, fact


verb

1‘he had lied to the police as to his whereabouts’

SYNONYMS
say something untrue, tell an untruth, tell a lie, tell a falsehood, fib, fabricate, invent a story, make up a story, falsify, dissemble, dissimulate, bear false witness
tell a white lie, prevaricate, exaggerate, stretch the truth
perjure oneself, commit perjury, forswear oneself, be forsworn
bluff, pretend, depart from the truth
deceive, delude, mislead, trick, hoodwink, hoax, take in, lead astray, throw off the scent, send on a wild goose chase, put on the wrong track, pull the wool over someone's eyes
informal lie through one's teeth, con
humorous be economical with the truth, tell a terminological inexactitude
vulgar slang bullshit
ANTONYMS

tell the truth


Synonyms of lie in English

: lie1lie2

lie2


See definition of lie

verb

1‘he was lying on a bed’

SYNONYMS
recline, lie down, lie back, be recumbent, be prostrate, be supine, be prone, be stretched out, stretch oneself out, lean back, sprawl, rest, repose, relax, lounge, loll, bask
ANTONYMS

stand

2‘her handbag lay on a chair at the other end of the room’

SYNONYMS
be placed, be set, be situated, be positioned, rest, repose, be

3‘the tiny principality which lies on the border of Switzerland and Austria’

SYNONYMS
be situated, be located, be placed, be positioned, be found, be sited, be established, be

4‘his body lies in a crypt below our headquarters’

SYNONYMS
be buried, be interred, be laid to rest, rest, be entombed
rare be inhumed, be sepulchred

5‘the difficulty lies in building real quality into the products’

SYNONYMS
consist, be inherent, inhere, be present, be contained, exist, reside, have its being, have its existence

Phrases

    give the lie to

    ‘the success of our manufactured exports gives the lie to the Opposition's portrayal of manufacturing’


    SYNONYMS

    disprove, contradict, negate, deny, refute, rebut, gainsay, belie, invalidate, prove to be false, show to be false, explode, discredit, debunk, quash, knock the bottom out of, drive a coach and horses through

    challenge, call into question

    informal

    shoot full of holes, shoot down, shoot down in flames

    rare

    controvert, confute, negative

    ANTONYMS

    show to be true, verify, confirm

    lie heavy on

    ‘it was the loss of human life that lay heavy on him’


    SYNONYMS

    trouble, worry, bother, torment, oppress, nag, prey on one's mind, plague, niggle at, gnaw at, haunt

    be a burden to, burden, press down on, weigh down, be a great weight on, weigh heavily on someone's mind, cause anxiety to

    informal

    bug, aggravate

    lie low

    ‘we'll have to lie low and wait for dark’


    SYNONYMS

    hide, go into hiding, hide out, find a hiding place, conceal oneself, keep out of sight, keep a low profile, take cover, go to earth, go to ground, go underground, cover one's tracks, lurk, skulk

    informal

    hole up

    British informal

    lie doggo