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      vb   , lies, lying, lied  
1    intr   to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive  
2    intr   to convey a false impression or practise deception  
the camera does not lie     
      n  
3    an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead  
4    something that is deliberately intended to deceive  
5    give the lie to  
a    to disprove  
b    to accuse of lying,   (Related adj)        mendacious  
     (Old English lyge (n), leogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan)  
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lie          [2]  
      vb   , lies, lying, lay   , lain   intr  
1    often foll by: down   to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground  
2    to be situated, esp. on a horizontal surface  
the pencil is lying on the desk, India lies to the south of Russia     
3    to be buried  
here lies Jane Brown     
4    copula   to be and remain (in a particular state or condition)  
to lie dormant     
5    to stretch or extend  
the city lies before us     
6    usually foll by: on or upon   to rest or weigh  
my sins lie heavily on my mind     
7    usually foll by: in   to exist or consist inherently  
strength lies in unity     
8    foll by: with  
a    to be or rest (with)  
the ultimate decision lies with you     
b    Archaic   to have sexual intercourse (with)  
9    (of an action, claim, appeal, etc.) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible  
10    Archaic   to stay temporarily  
11    lie in state      See       state       13  
12    lie low  
a    to keep or be concealed or quiet  
b    to wait for a favourable opportunity  
      n  
13    the manner, place, or style in which something is situated  
14    the hiding place or lair of an animal  
15      (Golf)  
a    the position of the ball after a shot  
a bad lie     
b    the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing  
16    lie of the land  
a    the topography of the land  
b    the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving,   (See also)        lie down       lie in       lie to       lie up  
     (Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bed)  
See at lay1  

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Lie         
      n   Trygve Halvdan ('trygvə 'halðan). 1896--1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946--52)  


lie   [1]  
      vb   , lies, lying, lied  
1    intr   to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive  
2    intr   to convey a false impression or practise deception  
the camera does not lie     
      n  
3    an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead  
4    something that is deliberately intended to deceive  
5    give the lie to  
a    to disprove  
b    to accuse of lying,   (Related adj)        mendacious  
     (Old English lyge (n), leogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan)  
lie   [2]  
      vb   , lies, lying, lay   , lain   intr  
1    often foll by: down   to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground  
2    to be situated, esp. on a horizontal surface  
the pencil is lying on the desk, India lies to the south of Russia     
3    to be buried  
here lies Jane Brown     
4    copula   to be and remain (in a particular state or condition)  
to lie dormant     
5    to stretch or extend  
the city lies before us     
6    usually foll by: on or upon   to rest or weigh  
my sins lie heavily on my mind     
7    usually foll by: in   to exist or consist inherently  
strength lies in unity     
8    foll by: with  
a    to be or rest (with)  
the ultimate decision lies with you     
b    Archaic   to have sexual intercourse (with)  
9    (of an action, claim, appeal, etc.) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible  
10    Archaic   to stay temporarily  
11    lie in state      See       state       13  
12    lie low  
a    to keep or be concealed or quiet  
b    to wait for a favourable opportunity  
      n  
13    the manner, place, or style in which something is situated  
14    the hiding place or lair of an animal  
15      (Golf)  
a    the position of the ball after a shot  
a bad lie     
b    the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing  
16    lie of the land  
a    the topography of the land  
b    the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving,   (See also)        lie down       lie in       lie to       lie up  
     (Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bed)  
See at lay1  
lie detector  
      n   a polygraph used esp. by a police interrogator to detect false or devious answers to questions, a sudden change in one or more involuntary physiological responses being considered a manifestation of guilt, fear, etc.  
   See       polygraph       1       galvanic skin response  
lie down  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to place oneself or be in a prostrate position in order to rest or sleep  
2    to accept without protest or opposition (esp. in the phrases lie down under, take something lying down)  
      n  
  lie-down  
3    a rest  
lie in  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to remain in bed late in the morning  
2    to be confined in childbirth  
      n  
  lie-in  
3    a long stay in bed in the morning  
lie to  
      vb   intr, adv     (Nautical)   (of a vessel) to be hove to with little or no swinging  
lie up  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to go into or stay in one's room or bed, as through illness  
2    to be out of commission or use  
my car has been lying up for months     
white lie  
      n   a minor or unimportant lie, esp. one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness  

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lie         

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1   
      vb   dissimulate, equivocate, fabricate, falsify, fib, forswear oneself, invent, misrepresent, perjure, prevaricate, tell a lie, tell untruths  
2   
      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]  
      vb  
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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v.
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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