Meaning of Lie

lie




When you don’t tell the truth, you lie. You also lie down when you’re sleepy and wonder what lies ahead of you.

If we leave aside the lie that is an untruth, most meanings of lie are related. If something lies ahead of us, then it’s there, down the road, waiting for us. If mountains lie to the east, we can think of them as having settled down there. If something lies unused, it is just sort of left to lie on the shelf (or wherever). If you let a sleeping dog lie, you’re just letting him be right where he is — in the same position.

Definitions of lie
  1. verb

    be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

    “The sick man
    lay in bed all day”
    “the books are
    lying on the shelf”
    Synonyms:

    lie down

    assume a reclining position
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    Antonyms:

    sit, sit down

    be seated
    stand, stand up

    be standing; be upright
    seat, sit, sit down

    show to a seat; assign a seat for
    place upright, stand, stand up

    put into an upright position
    sit, sit down

    take a seat
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    sun, sunbathe

    expose one’s body to the sun
    sprawl

    sit or lie with one’s limbs spread out
    recline, recumb, repose

    lean in a comfortable resting position
    overlie

    lie upon; lie on top of
    lie awake

    lie without sleeping
    repose

    lie when dead
    bask

    be exposed
    rest

    be at rest
    spread-eagle

    stand with arms and legs spread out

  2. verb

    assume a reclining position

    lie down on the bed until you feel better”
    synonyms:

    lie down

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    arise, get up, rise, stand up, uprise

    rise to one’s feet
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    stretch, stretch out

    lie down comfortably
    charge

    lie down on command, of hunting dogs
    bow down, prostrate

    get into a prostrate position, as in submission
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    change posture

    undergo a change in bodily posture

  3. verb

    be and remain in a particular state or condition

    lie dormant”
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    type of:

    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  4. verb

    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

    Synonyms:

    rest

    have a place in relation to something else
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    nestle

    lie in a sheltered position
    intervene

    be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
    top

    be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point
    mediate

    occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others
    ride

    lie moored or anchored
    lap

    lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
    focalise, focalize, localise, localize

    concentrate on a particular place or spot
    slant

    lie obliquely
    precede, predate

    come before
    underlie

    lie underneath
    cap, crest

    lie at the top of
    face, front, look

    be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    back

    be in back of
    flank

    be located at the sides of something or somebody
    head

    be in the front of or on top of
    command, dominate, overlook, overtop

    look down on
    line, run along

    be in line with; form a line along
    orient, point

    be oriented
    look across, look out on, look out over, overlook

    be oriented in a certain direction
    rim

    run around the rim of
    surmount

    be on top of
    crown

    form the topmost part of
    dwarf, overshadow, shadow

    make appear small by comparison
    confront

    be face to face with
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    be

    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  5. verb

    have a place in relation to something else

    “The fate of Bosnia
    lies in the hands of the West”
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    rest

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    be

    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  6. verb

    originate (in)

    synonyms:

    consist, dwell, lie in

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    be, exist

    have an existence, be extant

  7. noun

    position or manner in which something is situated

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    place, position

    the particular portion of space occupied by something

  8. verb

    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

    “Don’t
    lie to your parents”
    “She
    lied when she told me she was only 29”
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    types:

    romance

    tell romantic or exaggerated lies
    perjure

    knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
    fib

    tell a relatively insignificant lie
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    misinform, mislead

    give false or misleading information to

  9. noun

    a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

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    prevarication

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    fib, story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle

    a trivial lie
    jactitation

    (law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law)
    walloper, whopper

    a gross untruth; a blatant lie
    white lie

    an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
    cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance

    an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
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    falsehood, falsity, untruth

    a false statement

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