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LIE (lain, lay, lying)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Lie mean? 

LIE (noun)
  The noun LIE has 3 senses:

1. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
2. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
3. position or manner in which something is situated

  Familiarity information: LIE used as a noun is uncommon.


LIE (verb)
  The verb LIE has 7 senses:

1. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
2. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
3. originate (in)
4. be and remain in a particular state or condition
5. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
6. have a place in relation to something else
7. assume a reclining position

  Familiarity information: LIE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LIE (noun)


Sense 1lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

lie; prevarication

Hypernyms ("lie" is a kind of...):

falsehood; falsity; untruth (a false statement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lie"):

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))


Sense 2Lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Trygve Halvden Lie; Trygve Lie; Lie

Instance hypernyms:

diplomat; diplomatist (an official engaged in international negotiations)


Sense 3lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Position or manner in which something is situated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("lie" is a kind of...):

place; position (the particular portion of space occupied by something)


LIE (verb)


Sense 1lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lie"):

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)

underlie (lie underneath)

precede; predate (come before)

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)

look across; look out on; look out over; overlook (be oriented in a certain direction)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sentence examples:

The children lie in the rocking chair
There lie some children in the rocking chair


Sense 2lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

The sick man lay in bed all day / the books are lying on the shelf

"Lie" entails doing...:

lie; lie down (assume a reclining position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lie"):

bask (be exposed)

repose (lie when dead)

lie awake (lie without sleeping)

overlie (lie upon; lie on top of)

recline; recumb; repose (lean in a comfortable resting position)

sprawl (sit or lie with one's limbs spread out)

sun; sunbathe (expose one's body to the sun)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Antonym:

sit (be seated)

stand (be standing; be upright)


Sense 3lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Originate (in)

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

lie in; consist; dwell; belong; lie

Context example:

The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lie"):

inhere (be inherent in something)

appertain; pertain (be a part or attribute of)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be and remain in a particular state or condition

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

lie dormant

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Somebody ----s Adjective


Sense 5lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

Don't lie to your parents / She lied when she told me she was only 29

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

misinform; mislead (give false or misleading information to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lie"):

fib (tell a relatively insignificant lie)

perjure (knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury)

romance (tell romantic or exaggerated lies)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 6lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a place in relation to something else

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

rest; lie

Context examples:

The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West / The responsibility rests with the Allies

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 7lie [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume a reclining position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

lie down; lie

Context example:

lie down on the bed until you feel better

Hypernyms (to "lie" is one way to...):

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lie"):

bow down; prostrate (get into a prostrate position, as in submission)

charge (lie down on command, of hunting dogs)

stretch; stretch out (lie down comfortably)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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