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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He would have lain down and been rolled over and that is why he must never be Prime Minister.
▪ She had passed out there-or perhaps just lain down and drifted into sleep.
▪ He had come in at the door, he had lain down with her, he had been her lover.
▪ She would have lain down except that the benches had iron arms every two feet.
▪ After a couple of hours, Zeno had simply lain down on the floor and gone to sleep.
▪ For Louis, Antoinette had kicked off her buttoned high-heeled shoes by the wine racks and lain down on gritty sand.
▪ Actually, if I hadn't gone to check her, Hereward might have lain there till Sunday.
▪ Two hours she had lain there - two whole hours of torment.
▪ The bed with the black silk sheets still bore the indentations of two bodies that had once lain there.
▪ It was still early in the morning, 8.30 or so, and he supposed she had lain there all night.
▪ She had lain on her bed at her farmhouse home on January 2 and put a double-barrelled shotgun to her head.
▪ We had lain in the same bed for a whole night, and she told me the story of her life.
▪ He had lain in bed night after night drifting into sleep on a tide of euphoria.
▪ That impressionable child who had swooned and sighed and lain in bed dreaming of Jake MacKay had finally grown up with a vengeance.
▪ For months, I have lain awake nights, wondering why this critical cultural need was not being addressed.
▪ He had lain in bed night after night drifting into sleep on a tide of euphoria.
▪ I have lain awake all night waiting to get back to these words and I have now read them a dozen times.
▪ It was still early in the morning, 8.30 or so, and he supposed she had lain there all night.
▪ She had lain awake the night before, thinking, if only I'd made Dan stay.
▪ He must have lain awake all night.
▪ In it was a single bed and also the cradle in which she and Jessie had lain many years ago.
▪ Within a few months, seeds - which had lain dormant for many years - germinated.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. Lay (l[=a]); p. p. Lain (l[=a]n), ( Lien (l[imac]"[e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Lying.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan, Russ. lejate, L. lectus bed, Gr. le`chos bed, le`xasqai to lie. Cf. Lair, Law, Lay, v. t., Litter, Low, adj.]

  1. To rest extended on the ground, a bed, or any support; to be, or to put one's self, in an horizontal position, or nearly so; to be prostate; to be stretched out; -- often with down, when predicated of living creatures; as, the book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies in his coffin.

    The watchful traveler . . . Lay down again, and closed his weary eyes.

  2. To be situated; to occupy a certain place; as, Ireland lies west of England; the meadows lie along the river; the ship lay in port.

  3. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition; as, to lie waste; to lie fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves; the paper does not lie smooth on the wall.

  4. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; -- with in.

    Envy lies between beings equal in nature, though unequal in circumstances.

    He that thinks that diversion may not lie in hard labor, forgets the early rising and hard riding of huntsmen.

  5. To lodge; to sleep.

    Whiles I was now trifling at home, I saw London, . . . where I lay one night only.

    Mr. Quinion lay at our house that night.

  6. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.

    The wind is loud and will not lie.

  7. (Law) To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained. ``An appeal lies in this case.'' --Parsons. Note: Through ignorance or carelessness speakers and writers often confuse the forms of the two distinct verbs lay and lie. Lay is a transitive verb, and has for its preterit laid; as, he told me to lay it down, and I laid it down. Lie is intransitive, and has for its preterit lay; as, he told me to lie down, and I lay down. Some persons blunder by using laid for the preterit of lie; as, he told me to lie down, and I laid down. So persons often say incorrectly, the ship laid at anchor; they laid by during the storm; the book was laying on the shelf, etc. It is only necessary to remember, in all such cases, that laid is the preterit of lay, and not of lie. To lie along the shore (Naut.), to coast, keeping land in sight. To lie at the door of, to be imputable to; as, the sin, blame, etc., lies at your door. To lie at the heart, to be an object of affection, desire, or anxiety. --Sir W. Temple. To lie at the mercy of, to be in the power of. To lie by.

    1. To remain with; to be at hand; as, he has the manuscript lying by him.

    2. To rest; to intermit labor; as, we lay by during the heat of the day.

      To lie hard or To lie heavy, to press or weigh; to bear hard.

      To lie in, to be in childbed; to bring forth young.

      To lie in one, to be in the power of; to belong to. ``As much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.''
      --Rom. xii. 1

  8. To lie in the way, to be an obstacle or impediment. To lie in wait, to wait in concealment; to lie in ambush. To lie on or To lie upon.

    1. To depend on; as, his life lies on the result.

    2. To bear, rest, press, or weigh on. To lie low, to remain in concealment or inactive. [Slang] To lie on hand, To lie on one's hands, to remain unsold or unused; as, the goods are still lying on his hands; they have too much time lying on their hands. To lie on the head of, to be imputed to. What he gets more of her than sharp words, let it lie on my head. --Shak. To lie over.

      1. To remain unpaid after the time when payment is due, as a note in bank.

      2. To be deferred to some future occasion, as a resolution in a public deliberative body. To lie to (Naut.), to stop or delay; especially, to head as near the wind as possible as being the position of greatest safety in a gale; -- said of a ship. Cf. To bring to, under Bring. To lie under, to be subject to; to suffer; to be oppressed by. To lie with.

        1. To lodge or sleep with.

        2. To have sexual intercourse with.

    3. To belong to; as, it lies with you to make amends.


Lain \Lain\, p. p. of Lie, v. i.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past participle of lie (v.2).


Etymology 1 vb. (past participle of lie English) (oriented in a horizontal position, situated). Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) To conceal, keep quiet about. (14th-19thc.)

  1. v. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

  2. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position; "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf" [ant: stand, sit]

  3. originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist, belong, lie in]

  4. be and remain in a particular state or condition; "lie dormant"

  5. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive; "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"

  6. have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies" [syn: rest]

  7. assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better" [syn: lie down] [ant: arise]

  8. [also: lying, lay, lain]

  1. n. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth [syn: prevarication]

  2. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) [syn: Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lie]

  3. position or manner in which something is situated

  4. [also: lying, lay, lain]


See lie


Lain may refer to:

  • Laining, a synonym for Torah reading.
  • Serial Experiments Lain, an anime series
    • Lain Iwakura, the title character of Serial Experiments Lain

Usage examples of "lain".

The dog had found the rumored spring beneath the tower and had lain beside it, lapping at the cool water to stay alive.

Diamonique earrings the size of caramels, plus the gold chains Uant Lain is going to buy us to make up for not being first with the rings.

I have always considered Deirdre my spouse though I have not lain with her until tonight.

I wanted Curyll more now than the day we had lain together by the faery pool.

Soli had taught him the art of counting, but he could not count the number of Old Ones who had lain here before him because it would be unseemly to count the spirits of dead men as one did pebbles or shells by the sea.

Twelve times before he had lain thus, with his belly trembling beneath the water, waiting for the computer to fire his quiescent nerves with information.

He might have lain back and floated in his tank, waiting for hours or moments or days, waiting endlessly as Haidar and Three-Fingered Soli and the other men of the Devaki tribe had once taught him to wait.

It brought to him the memory of his passage into manhood when he had lain beneath the stars and learned to go beyond pain and death.

And she, the hussy, had lain with him in the hay, given herself to him, made him think it mattered to her.

Beardsley had lain was empty, with no more than a patch of flattened grass to testify that she had ever been there.

He had lain flat on the floor with the baby and the cat, grinning up at her, which made it easier for her to look down her nose at him.

Jeannie that had kept lain from fighting when the redcoats had taken them.

Wentworth had used the threat of the gallows to coerce him into fighting this bloody war, the MacKinnon name had lain under a shadow, and the farm had languished in neglect.

And as she drifted to sleep, she realized lain had somehow managed to bear her on his back all day yesterday and row a boat all through the night.

Abenaki in particular hate and fear lain MacKinnon like the Romans hated and feared Hannibal.