Definition of belay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

belay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪ//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they belay
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪ//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪ//
 
he / she / it belays
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪz//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪz//
 
past simple belayed
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪd//
 
past participle belayed
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪd//
 
-ing form belaying
BrE BrE//ˈbiːleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːleɪɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] belay (something/somebody) (specialist) (in climbing) to attach a rope to a rock, etc; to make a person safe while climbing by attaching a rope to the person and to a rock, etc. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (originally in nautical use): from be- + the verb lay, on the pattern of Dutch beleggen.
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