part of speech: verb

inflections: lays, laying, laid

definition 1: to place, put, or spread (something long or flat) over a surface.

  • He laid the pencil on the table.

synonyms: place, put, set

definition 2: to place or put down in a flattened position.

  • She will lay the carpet herself.

synonyms: even, flatten, level

definition 3: to give or put.

  • He lays the blame for the accident on me.

synonyms: attribute

definition 4: to think of or come up with.

  • The generals laid their plans for the next attack.

synonyms: conceive, devise, frame, plan

definition 5: to produce an egg.

  • The hen laid an egg.

synonyms: bear, deposit, produce

 

part of speech: noun

definition: the way in which land is arranged or formed.

  • He hiked around for a week to become familiar with the lay of the park.

synonyms: composition, contour, design, form, scheme, structure

 

part of speech: verb

definition: past tense of lie.

 

lay or lie?

Lay means to put or place something on a flat surface. Lie means to be or stay in a flat position. These words are easy to confuse because their meanings are similar and the past tense of lie is lay.
Compare:
Lay the mail on the table.
He laid the mail on the table.
Lie down if you are tired.
Yesterday, I lay down for a short rest.

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