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      vb   dissimulate, equivocate, fabricate, falsify, fib, forswear oneself, invent, misrepresent, perjure, prevaricate, tell a lie, tell untruths  
      n   deceit, fabrication, falsehood, falsification, falsity, fib, fiction, invention, mendacity, pork pie     (Brit. slang)   porky     (Brit. slang)   prevarication, untruth, white lie  
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lie          [2]  
1    be prone, be prostrate, be recumbent, be supine, couch, loll, lounge, recline, repose, rest, sprawl, stretch out  
2    be, be buried, be found, be interred, be located, belong, be placed, be situated, exist, extend, remain  
3      (usually with)       on or upon   burden, oppress, press, rest, weigh  
4      (usually with)       in   be present, consist, dwell, exist, inhere, pertain  
5    lie low      conceal oneself, go to earth, go underground, hide, hide away, hide out, hole up, keep a low profile, keep out of sight, lurk, skulk, take cover  

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  ( 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.   (=sit)  
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.      
  (mainly BRIT)  
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  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

lie          [2]     ( lies    plural & 3rd person present)   ( lying    present participle)   ( lied    past tense & past participle  )   (THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE)  
1       n-count   A lie    is something that someone says or writes which they know is untrue.      
`Who else do you work for?'—`No one.'—`That's a lie.'..., I've had enough of your lies..., All the boys told lies about their adventures.     
    white lie  
2       verb   If someone is lying, they are saying something which they know is not true.  
I know he's lying...      V  
If asked, he lies about his age...      V about n  
She lied to her husband so she could meet her lover...      V to n  
He reportedly called her `a lying little twit'.      V-ing  
  lying      n-uncount  
Lying is something that I will not tolerate.     
3       verb   If you say that something lies, you mean that it does not express or represent something accurately.  
The camera can sometimes lie.      V  

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See also:

lieu, life, like, line

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to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
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