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Related to lie in: lie in wait
1. To insert or embed into something else. Have they laid the first part of the fence in the ground yet? Be sure to lay in the iron rails before the concrete sets.
2. verb To obtain and stock something to keep in reserve. If I'm going to have 50 kids in my house next week, I better lay up a supply of paper towels now!
1. verb To recline or rest in a flat position in or inside of something. When I came in, I saw all my important papers lying in a pool of water on the kitchen floor.
2. obsolescent, verb Of a pregnant woman, to be confined in the hospital while in labor or waiting to give birth to her child. The thing I'm dreading most about having an induction is having to lie in for the entire day waiting for the labor to set in.
3. verb To come about from or be the result of something; to depend on something. The success of out campaign lies in establishing trust among rural voters. The fate of the company lies in the banker's hands.
4. noun A prolonged stay in one's bed in the morning. Often hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. Your mum's having a lie in this morning, so we need to be extra quiet downstairs. I love having a long lie-in on Sundays.
lay someone or something in(to) something
to place someone or something in something. The women laid the king into the coffin and the funeral procession assembled. The cook laid the salmon in the poaching liquid.
lay something in
to get something and store it for future use. They laid a lot of food in for the holidays. We always lay in a large supply of firewood each November.
lie in something
to recline in something, such as a bed, a puddle, etc. I found my wallet lying in a puddle. My money was soaked! We found Jimmy lying in a pile of leaves, napping.
[for a woman] to lie in bed awaiting the birth of her child. The child is due soon, and the mother is lying in at the present time. She did not lie in at all. She worked right up to the onset of labor pains.
Also, lay up. Stock or store for future use, as in We laid in supplies for the winter, or Are you sure you've laid up enough material? The first term dates from the late 1500s, the second from about 1400. Also see lay aside, def. 2; lay down, def. 4.
1. Be in confinement for childbirth, as in She thought she'd be lying in by next week. This usage is probably dying out. The name of Boston's Lying-In Hospital was changed to Women's Hospital in the 1970s. [Mid-1400s]
2. Also, lie in one's hands or in one's power . Rest or depend on something or someone, as in The solution lies in research, or The decision lies in the President's hands, or It does not lie in my power to turn this situation around. [Mid-1300s] Also see lie in wait; lie through one's teeth.
1. To place something and embed it in a surface: The roofer laid the new shingles in yesterday. We should lay in the tiles before cleaning them.
2. To store something for future use: The northern explorers had to lay in supplies for the Arctic winter. We harvested a lot of potatoes and laid them in for the long winter ahead.
1. To recline or rest in something: He lies in bed. The book lay in a puddle of mud.
2. To consist of or have something as a basis: Our continued success lies in our commitment to service.