leɪ ; leɪlain
leɪn ; leɪn1 [intransitive] (of a person or an animal) to be or put yourself in a flat or horizontal position so that you are not standing or sitting+ adverb/preposition to lie on your back/side/front+ adjective The cat was lying fast asleep by the fire.2 [intransitive] (of a thing) to be or remain in a flat position on a surface+ adverb/preposition Clothes were lying all over the floor.+ adjective The book lay open on his desk.3 [intransitive] to be, remain or be kept in a particular state+ adjective Snow was lying thick on the ground.These machines have lain idle since the factory closed.+ adverb/preposition a ship lying at anchorI'd rather use my money than leave it lying in the bank.4 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition (of a town, natural feature, etc.) to be located in a particular placeThe town lies on the coast.5 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to be spread out in a particular placeThe valley lay below us.6 [intransitive] lie (in something) (of ideas, qualities, problems, etc.) to exist or be foundThe problem lies in deciding when to intervene.7 [intransitive] (British English) to be in a particular position during a competition+ adverb/preposition Thompson is lying in fourth place.+ adjective After five games the German team are lying second. compare lay
lie ahead/in store
to be going to happen to somebody in the futureYou are young and your whole life lies ahead of you.She didn't know what lay in store.
lie in state(of the dead body of an important person) to be placed on view in a public place before being buried
lie in wait (for somebody)
to hide, waiting to surprise, attack or catch somebodyHe was surrounded by reporters who had been lying in wait for him.
lie low(informal) to try not to attract attention to yourself
more at you've made your bed and you must lie on it at bed n., be/lie at the bottom of something at bottom n., hang/lie heavy at heavy adverb, see, etc. how the land lies at land n., let sleeping dogs lie at sleep v.
take something lying down
to accept an insult or offensive act without protesting or reacting