What does ‘lay’ mean?

The word ‘lay’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to place something down gently.

For example:

  • He laid the puppy into his basket. (place gently)

Lay is an irregular verb. The past tense is laid and the past participle is laid.

phrasal verbs with lay

Phrasal verbs with ‘lay’ include:

  • Lay down (place on a surface)
  • Lay into (attack)
  • Lay off (stop doing something)
  • Lay on (provide)
  • Lay out (arrange)
phrasal verbs with lay

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘lay’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with lay - lay down
phrasal verbs with lay - lay into
phrasal verbs with lay - lay off
phrasal verbs with lay - lay on
phrasal verbs with lay - lay out

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with lay below.

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