lie

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlaɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/laɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lī)


Inflections of 'lie' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": lies
Inflections of 'lie' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
lies
v 3rd person singular
lying
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
lied
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (For senses to do with not telling the truth)
lay
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (All other usages)
lied
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (For senses to do with not telling the truth)
lain
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (All other usages)
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

lie

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. told a (small) white lie
  2. was just a white lie
  3. a [huge, massive] lie
  4. is (just) a big fat lie
  5. that's a damn lie!
  6. have never told a lie
  7. told a lie about [my grades, the results]
  8. told a lie at [the interview, work]
  9. told a lie to my [parents, boss, professor]
  10. told my parents a lie
  11. why did you tell me a lie!?
  12. what other lies have you told me?
  13. stop telling (me) lies
  14. don't tell lies
  15. is [always, forever] telling lies
  16. that's a lie!
  17. that has to be a lie!
  18. is just a pack of lies
  19. it was all lies!
  20. had been living a lie
  21. was a lie of omission
  22. UK: the lie of the land
  23. golf: the ball was in [good, bad, rough] lie
  24. UK: go [for, and have] a lie-down
n as adj
  1. use a lie detector
  2. a lie detector test
v
  1. lie about your [name, job, age]
  2. lied to her [parents, friends]
  3. lie to the [press, police]
  4. lie on your [resume, application]
  5. lie and [cheat, deceive]
  6. lie [regularly, often, pathologically]
  7. lie your way out of trouble
  8. I [can't, cannot] lie
  9. [could, would, will] not lie (to you)
  10. how dare you lie (to me)
  11. lie down
  12. lay down and [went to sleep, fell asleep]
  13. (came and) lay down next to me
  14. lie on the [bed, sofa, couch]
  15. lying [on the, in] bed
  16. UK: lie in on [Sunday mornings, Saturdays, the weekend]
  17. archaic: lie with [a man, another woman]
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