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adjective as in amateur, not trained in a religious or other profession

verb as in put, place

verb as in produce, advance

verb as in credit, allocate

verb as in design, plan

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verb as in make smooth

verb as in bet, wager

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noun as in a song or poem

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If the organization were in a better financial position — and hadn’t laid off around 25% of its staff this year — it may have kept Notes alive and maybe tried to rework Send.

We still think about ourselves as a startup, and when you think about yourself as a startup it’s really hard to lay off employees.

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If the Eagles didn’t exist, that would be the biggest egg laid on Sunday.

Nothing protected rank-and-file employees from simply being laid off, and the prime beneficiaries have been shareholders and bondholders as the stock market has soared to new heights.

One of those who may benefit is Ed Miyoshi, who was laid off in December 2016, when he was at 57 and had worked at IBM’s Hopewell Junction, New York, facility for 35 years.

One police officer was coolly dispatched as he lay wounded on the sidewalk.

Lay the butterflied pork loin on the cutting board with the fat cap facing down.

The cop lay open-eyed with a grievous head wound as Johnson again checked for a pulse.

Gingerly, about 30 couples lay down and squatted on mats and rugs for the mass face-sit.

In their opinion, this would allow conservatives to lay a marker down on immigration while avoiding a shutdown for the time being.

A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.

The seed of discontent was again germinating under the duplicity of the Spanish lay and clerical authorities.

At the sight, Felipe flung himself on his knees before her; he kissed the aged hands as they lay trembling in her lap.

Alone Orlean lay trying vainly to forget something—something that stood like a spectre before her eyes.

Sometimes the child lay so still that Aristide arose to see whether he was alive.


On this page you'll find 207 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to lay, such as: secular, ordinary, temporal, inexpert, nonclerical, and nonprofessional.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.