Definition of lie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

lie1

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noun
BrE BrE//laɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪ//
 
 
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Word Origin Old English licgan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch liggen and German liegen, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek lektron, lekhos and Latin lectus ‘bed’.Idioms
    the lie of the land(British English)(North American English 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 The castle was hidden by the lie of the land.
  2. 2the way a situation is now and how it is likely to develop Check out the lie of the land before you make a decision.