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lay out

[ ley ]SEE DEFINITION OF lay out
  • verbspend money
  • verbdesign, plan

Synonyms for lay out

  • disburse
  • expend
  • give
  • invest
  • lend
  • outlay
  • pay
  • put out
  • put up
  • shell out
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Antonyms for lay out

  • hoard
  • neglect
  • save
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAY OUT

They talked until late into the night of what he should "lay out" to do.

"Now, let's lay out the programme for to-morrow," suggested Max.

A gardener, we will suppose, is engaged by a gentleman to lay out his grounds.

He told me, if I would be happy, I must lay out no plans for the future.

The truth on the subject, he held, lay out of the range of mortal ken.

I guess my fists will lay out any kind of a ghost that I run against.

Lay out but as much as you use at a Time, and scald the rest.

A good whiff of this stuff will lay out a thousand of them just as easily as it will one.

Surely it was not shirking to lay out such a programme for myself.

Lay out the pitch of the sides of the hopper on the outside of the end pieces.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English lecgan "to place on the ground (or other surface)," also "put down (often by striking)," from Proto-Germanic *lagjanan (cf. Old Saxon leggian, Old Norse leggja, Old Frisian ledza, Middle Dutch legghan, Dutch leggen, Old High German lecken, German legen, Gothic lagjan "to lay, put, place"), causative of lie (v.2). As a noun, from 1550s, "act of laying." Meaning "way in which something is laid" (e.g. lay of the land) first recorded 1819.

Meaning "have sex with" first recorded 1934, in U.S. slang, probably from sense of "deposit" (which was in Old English, as in lay an egg, lay a bet, etc.), perhaps reinforced by to lie with, a phrase frequently met in the Bible. The noun meaning "woman available for sexual intercourse" is attested from 1930, but there are suggestions of it in stage puns from as far back as 1767. To lay for (someone) "await a chance at revenge" is from late 15c.; lay low "stay inconspicuous" is from 1839. To lay (someone) low preserves the secondary Old English sense.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LAY OUT

arrange

verbmake plans, often involving agreement
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