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

  

layer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈleɪə(r)//
 
, BrE//ˈleə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈler//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they layer
BrE BrE//ˈleɪə(r)//
 
, BrE//ˈleə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈler//
 
he / she / it layers
BrE BrE//ˈleɪəz//
 
, BrE//ˈleəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlerz//
 
past simple layered
BrE BrE//ˈleɪəd//
 
, BrE//ˈleəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlerd//
 
past participle layered
BrE BrE//ˈleɪəd//
 
, BrE//ˈleəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlerd//
 
-ing form layering
BrE BrE//ˈleɪərɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˈleərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlerɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] layer something to arrange something in layers Layer the potatoes and onions in a dish. Her hair had been layered (= cut to several different lengths). The meat and potatoes are layered in a shallow dish. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a mason): from lay (verb) + -er. The sense ‘stratum of material covering a surface’ (early 17th cent.) may represent a different spelling of an obsolete agricultural use of lair denoting quality of soil.
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