lie  ( lies 3rd person present) ( lying present participle) ( lay past tense) ( lain past participle ) (POSITION OR SITUATION)
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1 verb If you are lying somewhere, you are in a horizontal position and are not standing or sitting.
There was a child lying on the ground... V prep/adv
He lay awake watching her for a long time. V adj
2 verb If an object lies in a particular place, it is in a flat position in that place.
...a newspaper lying on a nearby couch... V prep/adv
Broken glass lay scattered on the carpet. V adj
3 verb If you say that a place lies in a particular position or direction, you mean that it is situated there.
The islands lie at the southern end of the Kurile chain. V prep/adv
4 v-link You can use lie to say that something is or remains in a particular state or condition. For example, if something lies forgotten, it has been and remains forgotten.
The picture lay hidden in the archives for over 40 years... V adj
His country's economy lies in ruins. V prep
5 verb You can use lie to say what position a competitor or team is in during a competition.
I was going well and was lying fourth... V ord
Blyth Tait is lying in second place. V in n
6 verb You can talk about where something such as a problem, solution, or fault lies to say what you think it consists of, involves, or is caused by.
The problem lay in the large amounts spent on defence... V prep/adv
7 verb You use lie in expressions such as lie ahead, lie in store, and lie in wait when you are talking about what someone is going to experience in the future, especially when it is something unpleasant or difficult.
She'd need all her strength and bravery to cope with what lay in store... V prep/adv
The President's most serious challenges lie ahead. V prep/adv
to lie in state
to take something lying down
take lie around phrasal verb
in BRIT, also use lie about If things are left lying around or lying about, they are not tidied away but left casually somewhere where they can be seen.
People should be careful about their possessions and not leave them lying around... V P lie behind phrasal verb If you refer to what lies behind a situation or event, you are referring to the reason the situation exists or the event happened.
It seems that what lay behind the clashes was disagreement over the list of candidates. V P n lie down phrasal verb When you lie down, you move into a horizontal position, usually in order to rest or sleep.
Why don't you go upstairs and lie down for a bit? V P