how to pronounce lie


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lie is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of lie in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… is built on a lie it's there was no …”

meanings of lie


  1. Used with in: to be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist.
  2. To be mistaken or unintentionally spread false information.
  3. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
  4. To convey a false image or impression.
  5. To give false information intentionally with intent to deceive.
  6. To be placed or situated.
  7. To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained.
  8. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition.
  9. To rest in a horizontal position on a surface.
  10. Used with with: to have sexual relations with.
  11. Used with on/upon: to be incumbent (on); to be the responsibility of a person.
  12. To lodge; to sleep.


  1. A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true.
  2. A manner of lying; relative position.
  3. An intentionally false statement; an intentional falsehood.
  4. The terrain and conditions surrounding the ball before it is struck.
  5. An animal's lair.
  6. Anything that misleads or disappoints.
  7. The terrain and conditions surrounding the disc before it is thrown.
  8. The position of a fetus in the womb.


  1. A Norwegian surname​.
  2. Initialism of Long Island Expressway.

lie frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word lie occurs in english on average 53.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics lie can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that lie can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to lie


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