how to pronounce lay /ˈlɛɪ/
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lay is pronounced in one syllable
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An example use of lay in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… is to find a mate to lay those eggs and …”
meanings of lay verb: To apply; to put. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone. To state; to allege. To prepare (a plan, project etc.); to set out, establish (a law, principle). Simple past tense of lie when pertaining to position. To present or offer. To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them. To have sex with. To impute; to charge; to allege. To place (new type) properly in the cases. To don or put on (tefillin (phylacteries)). To be in a horizontal position; to lie (from confusion with lie). To cause to subside or abate. To take a position; to come or go. To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another. To place down in a position of rest, or in a horizontal position. To point; to aim. To bet (that something is or is not the case). To produce and deposit an egg. To impose (a burden, punishment, command, tax, etc.). To deposit (a stake) as a wager; to stake; to risk. noun: A plan; a scheme. A law. Arrangement or relationship; layout. A share of the profits in a business. A casual sexual partner. What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?. An obligation; a vow. A layer. A meadow; a lea. A lake. An act of sexual intercourse. The laying of eggs. A lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets that often deals with tales of adventure and romance. A ballad or sung poem; a short poem or narrative, usually intended to be sung. The direction a rope is twisted. adjective: Not trumps. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant. Non-professional; not being a member of an organized institution. Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them. name: A river in western France. A surname. words with pronunciation similar to lay words that rhyme with lay Did this page help you?