1 [lahy]
a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. prevarication, falsification. truth.
something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
the charge or accusation of telling a lie: He flung the lie back at his accusers.
verb (used without object), lied, lying.
to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive. prevaricate, fib.
to express what is false; convey a false impression.
verb (used with object), lied, lying.
to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively): to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
give the lie to,
to accuse of lying; contradict.
to prove or imply the falsity of; belie: His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.
lie in one's throat/teeth, to lie grossly or maliciously: If she told you exactly the opposite of what she told me, she must be lying in her teeth. Also, lie through one's teeth.

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lyge; cognate with German Lüge, Old Norse lygi; akin to Gothic liugn; (v.) Middle English lien, Old English lēogan (intransitive); cognate with German lügen, Old Norse ljūga, Gothic liugan

1.See falsehood. Unabridged


2 [lahy]
verb (used without object), lay, lain, lying.
to be in a horizontal, recumbent, or prostrate position, as on a bed or the ground; recline. stand.
(of objects) to rest in a horizontal or flat position: The book lies on the table. stand.
to be or remain in a position or state of inactivity, subjection, restraint, concealment, etc.: to lie in ambush.
to rest, press, or weigh (usually followed by on or upon ): These things lie upon my mind.
to depend (usually followed by on or upon ).
to be placed or situated: land lying along the coast.
to be stretched out or extended: the broad plain that lies before us.
to be in or have a specified direction; extend: The trail from here lies to the west.
to be found or located in a particular area or place: The fault lies here.
to consist or be grounded (usually followed by in ): The real remedy lies in education.
to be buried in a particular spot: Their ancestors lie in the family plot.
Law. to be sustainable or admissible, as an action or appeal.
Archaic. to lodge; stay the night; sojourn.
the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies: the lie of the patio, facing the water. place, location, site.
the haunt or covert of an animal.
Golf. the position of the ball relative to how easy or how difficult it is to play.
Verb phrases
lie by,
to pause for rest; stop activities, work, etc., temporarily.
to lie unused: Ever since the last member of the family died, the old house has lain by.
lie down, to assume a horizontal or prostrate position, as for the purpose of resting.
lie in,
to be confined to bed in childbirth.
Chiefly British. to stay in bed longer than usual, especially in the morning.
lie over, to be postponed for attention or action at some future time: The other business on the agenda will have to lie over until the next meeting.
lie up,
to lie at rest; stay in bed.
(of a ship) to dock or remain in dock.
lie with,
to be the duty or function of: The decision in this matter lies with him.
Archaic. to have sexual intercourse with.
lie down on the job, Informal. to do less than one could or should do; shirk one's obligations.
lie in state. state ( def 24 ).
lie low. low1 ( def 51 ).
lie to, Nautical. (of a ship) to lie comparatively stationary, usually with the head as near the wind as possible.
take lying down, to hear or yield without protest, contradiction, or resistance: I refuse to take such an insult lying down.

before 900; Middle English lien, liggen, Old English licgan; cognate with German liegen, Dutch liggen, Old Norse liggja, Gothic ligan; akin to Greek léchesthai to lie down

See lay1.


Jonas, 1880–1940, U.S. painter, born in Norway.
(Marius) Sophus [mah-ree-oos soh-foos] , 1842–99, Norwegian mathematician.
Trygve Halvdan [trig-vuh hahlv-dahn; Norwegian tryg-vuh hahlv-dahn] , 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman: secretary-general of the United Nations 1946–53. Unabridged
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lie1 (laɪ)
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
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: mendacious
[Old English lyge (n), lēogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan]

lie2 (laɪ)
vb (usually foll by on or upon) , lies, lying, lay, lain
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.  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
12.  lie low
 a.  to keep or be concealed or quiet
 b.  to wait for a favourable opportunity
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

Lie (liː)
Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896--1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946--52)

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Word Origin & History

"speak falsely," O.E. legan, ligan, earlier leogan (class II strong verb; past tense leag, pp. logen), from P.Gmc. *leugan (cf. O.N. ljuga, Dan. lyve, O.Fris. liaga, Ger. lügen, Goth. liugan), from PIE base *leugh- "to tell a lie."

"rest horizontally," O.E. licgan (class V strong verb; past tense læg, pp. legen), from P.Gmc. *legjanan (cf. O.N. liggja, O.Fris. lidzia, M.Du. ligghen, Ger. liegen, Goth. ligan), from PIE *legh- (cf. Hittite laggari "falls, lies," Gk. lekhesthai "to lie down," L. lectus "bed," O.C.S. lego "to
lie down," Lith. at-lagai "fallow land," O.Ir. laigim "I lie down," Ir. luighe "couch, grave"). To lie with "have sexual intercourse" is from c.1300.

"an untruth," O.E. lyge, from P.Gmc. *lugin (cf. O.N. lygi, Dan. løgn, O.Fris. leyne, Ger. Lüge, Goth. liugn). To give the lie to "accuse directly of lying" is attested from 1593. Lie-detector first recorded 1909.
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Medical Dictionary

lie (lī)
The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.

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Computing Dictionary

LiE definition

A symbolic mathematics package aimed at Lie groups.
["LiE, a Package for Lie Group Computations", M.A.A. van Leeuwen et al, in Computer Algebra Nederland, 1992 (ISBN 90-741160-02-7)].

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Bible Dictionary

Lie definition

an intentional violation of the truth. Lies are emphatically condemned in Scripture (John 8:44; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; Rev. 21:27; 22:15). Mention is made of the lies told by good men, as by Abraham (Gen. 12:12, 13; 20:2), Isaac (26:7), and Jacob (27:24); also by the Hebrew midwives (Ex. 1:15-19), by Michal (1 Sam. 19:14), and by David (1 Sam. 20:6). (See ANANIAS.)

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with lie, also see barefaced lie; give the lie to; (lie) in state; lay of the land (how the land lies); let sleeping dogs lie; make one's bed and lie in it; take lying down; white lie.

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Find a low spot or depression and crouch down as low as possible, but don't lie
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