Learn common phrasal verbs with LAY in English.
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- Meaning: Put away for future use; put aside; store; save; hoard; to build up as savings
- Example: He had managed to lay by money for college through his years as a paperboy.
- Meaning: Give up, surrender, or yield (e.g. a weapon)
- Example: The police urged the gunman to lay down his weapon.
- Meaning: Intentionally take a fall while riding a motorcycle, in order to prevent a more serious collision
- Example: He laid down his brand-new Harley-Davidson to avoid the oncoming bus.
- Meaning: Specify, institute, enact, assert firmly, state authoritatively, establish or formulate
- Example: Let’s lay down the rules right at the beginning, so we are consistent.
- Meaning: Lie down; to place oneself in a reclined or horizontal position, on a bed or similar, for the purpose of resting
- Example: I feel a bit ill, so I’m going to go lay down for a while.
- Meaning: Topple or overcome; to cause to fall; (of a person) to knock out
- Example: He was laid low by a vicious blow to the head.
- Meaning: Cease, quit, stop (doing something)
- Example: When are you gonna lay off smoking?
- Meaning: Stop bothering, teasing, or pestering someone; to leave (someone) alone
- Example: I told him to lay off me but he wouldn’t stop.
- Meaning: Provide (food or drinks) for free
- Example: At the conference, they laid on a wonderful buffet.
- Meaning: Repeatedly say (particular things)
- Example: He laid on compliments.
- Meaning: Arrange in a certain way, so as to spread or space apart
- Example: She laid the blocks out in a circle on the floor.
- Meaning: Make a layup with (a basketball)
- Example: He takes the pass, he drives, he lays it up and in.
Useful phrasal verbs with LAY.