• past tense and past participle of 'lay'
  • synonyms: ordered, arranged


  • ('Brit') Places were 'laid' (at the table) for three people. [=silverware, glasses, and napkins were put on the table for three people who will be eating there]

  • When she came home after midnight, her father 'laid down the law': if she came home that late again, she would not be allowed to watch TV for a week.

  • She 'laid on' a fake southern accent. [=she spoke with a southern accent although she doesn't usually speak that way]

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