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

 

inlay

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inlay
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪ//
 
he / she / it inlays
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪz//
 
past simple inlaid
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
past participle inlaid
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
-ing form inlaying
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪɪŋ//
 
Describing architecture
 
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BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪ//
 
(inlaying, inlaid, inlaid
BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪd//
 
)
[often passive] inlay A (with B) | inlay B (in/into A) to decorate the surface of something by putting pieces of wood or metal into it in such a way that the surface remains smooth The lid of the box had been inlaid with silver. Gold and silver had been inlaid into the lid of the box. See related entries: Describing architecture
Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘lay something in a place in order to hide or preserve it’): from in- ‘into’ + lay (verb).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inlay

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