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Dictionary definition for: Lay

1. (n) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

2. (v) put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

3. (s) concerning those not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position" "the lay ministry" "the choir sings both sacred and secular music"

4. (n) a narrative poem of popular origin

5. (v) put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table" "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

6. (s) not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"

7. (v) prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire" "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"

8. (v) lay eggs; "This hen doesn''t lay"

9. (v) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone"

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