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

  

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 verb
verb
BrE BrE//laɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lie
BrE BrE//laɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪ//
 
he / she / it lies
BrE BrE//laɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪz//
 
past simple lied
BrE BrE//laɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪd//
 
past participle lied
BrE BrE//laɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//laɪd//
 
-ing form lying
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
Dishonest
 
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  •  (lies, lying, lied, lied) [intransitive] to say or write something that you know is not true You could see from his face that he was lying. lie (to somebody) (about something) Don't lie to me! She lies about her age. The camera cannot lie (= give a false impression). He was unable to lie convincingly. see also liar See related entries: Dishonest
  • Word Origin Old English lyge (noun), lēogan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch liegen and German lügen.Idioms  (informal) to say something that is not true at all The witness was clearly lying through his teeth.
    lie your way into/out of something
     
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     to get yourself into or out of a situation by lying
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lie