American English

Definition of lay noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



see also lie1 (old use)
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  • a poem that was written to be sung, usually telling a story
  • Idioms
      the lay of the land
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    1. 1the way the land in an area is formed and what physical characteristics it has
    2. 2the way a situation is now and how it is likely to develop
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lay