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 lectusnounjump to other results
BrE BrE//laɪ//; NAmE NAmE//laɪ//
- 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.
- 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.
the lie of the land (British English) (North American English the lay of the land)jump to other results