Definition of lay

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • lay is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 6
  • lay is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 6
  • lay is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 6

Definition of lay


  • a narrative poem of popular origin (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. ballad
  • characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy (adjective)

    Examples

    1. the lay ministry

    Synonyms

    1. laic
    2. secular
  • put in a horizontal position (verb)

    Examples

    1. lay the books on the table
    2. lay the patient carefully onto the bed

    Synonyms

    1. put down
    2. repose
  • a narrative song with a recurrent refrain (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. ballad
  • put into a certain place or abstract location (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. place
    2. pose
    3. position
    4. put
    5. set
  • impose as a duty, burden, or punishment (verb)

    Examples

    1. lay a responsibility on someone
  • lay eggs (verb)

    Examples

    1. This hen doesn't lay
  • not of or from a profession (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease
  • prepare or position for action or operation (verb)

    Examples

    1. lay a fire
    2. lay the foundation for a new health care plan

See definition of lay in Merriam Webster

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