lie

When you don't tell the truth, you lie. You also lie down when you're sleepy and wonder what lies ahead of you.

If we leave aside the lie that is an untruth, most meanings of lie are related. If something lies ahead of us, then it's there, down the road, waiting for us. If mountains lie to the east, we can think of them as having settled down there. If something lies unused, it is just sort of left to lie on the shelf (or wherever). If you let a sleeping dog lie, you're just letting him be right where he is — in the same position.

Primary Meanings of lie

1.
vn
be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
position or manner in which something is situated
2.
vn
tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
Full Definitions of lie
1

v be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

“The sick man lay in bed all day”
“the books are lying on the shelf”
Synonyms:
lie down
assume a reclining position
Antonyms:
sit, sit down
be seated
stand, stand up
be standing; be upright
seat, sit, sit down
show to a seat; assign a seat for
place upright, stand, stand up
put into an upright position
sit, sit down
take a seat
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sun, sunbathe
expose one's body to the sun
sprawl
sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
recline, recumb, repose
lean in a comfortable resting position
overlie
lie upon; lie on top of
lie awake
lie without sleeping
repose
lie when dead
bask
be exposed
rest
be at rest
spread-eagle
stand with arms and legs spread out

v assume a reclining position

lie down on the bed until you feel better”
Synonyms:
lie down
Antonyms:
arise, get up, rise, stand up, uprise
rise to one's feet
Types:
stretch, stretch out
lie down comfortably
charge
lie down on command, of hunting dogs
bow down, prostrate
get into a prostrate position, as in submission
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture

v be and remain in a particular state or condition

lie dormant”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Synonyms:
rest
have a place in relation to something else
Types:
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nestle
lie in a sheltered position
intervene
be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
top
be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point
mediate
occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others
ride
lie moored or anchored
lap
lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
focalise, focalize, localise, localize
concentrate on a particular place or spot
slant
lie obliquely
precede, predate
come before
underlie
lie underneath
cap, crest
lie at the top of
face, front, look
be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
back
be in back of
flank
be located at the sides of something or somebody
head
be in the front of or on top of
command, dominate, overlook, overtop
look down on
line, run along
be in line with; form a line along
orient, point
be oriented
look across, look out on, look out over, overlook
be oriented in a certain direction
rim
run around the rim of
surmount
be on top of
crown
form the topmost part of
dwarf, overshadow, shadow
make appear small by comparison
confront
be face to face with
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v have a place in relation to something else

“The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West”
Synonyms:
rest
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v originate (in)

Synonyms:
consist, dwell, lie in
Type of:
be, exist
have an existence, be extant

n position or manner in which something is situated

Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something
2

v tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

“Don't lie to your parents”
“She lied when she told me she was only 29”
Types:
romance
tell romantic or exaggerated lies
perjure
knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
fib
tell a relatively insignificant lie
Type of:
misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

n a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

Synonyms:
prevarication
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fib, story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle
a trivial lie
jactitation
(law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law)
walloper, whopper
a gross untruth; a blatant lie
white lie
an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance
an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
Type of:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement

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