lie Definition

  • 1to make a false statement with the intention of deceiving someone
  • 2to be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface

Using lie: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "lie" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He lied about his age to get into the club.

  • Example

    She lied to her parents about where she was going.

  • Example

    The witness lied under oath in court.

  • Example

    I can't believe he lied to me about something so important.

lie Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for lie

Idioms Using lie

  • to prove that something is false or untrue


    The evidence given by the witness gave the lie to the defendant's alibi.

  • to accept an insult or injury without protest or resistance


    She refused to take the criticism lying down and defended herself vigorously.

  • a series of lies or falsehoods


    His story was a complete pack of lies from beginning to end.

Phrases with lie

  • to keep a low profile and avoid drawing attention to oneself


    After the scandal, he decided to lie low for a while.

  • to have one's body placed on public view before burial


    The former president will lie in state at the Capitol building.

  • to tell an outright lie without shame or remorse


    He lied through his teeth when he said he didn't know anything about the missing money.

Origins of lie

from Old English 'leogan', meaning 'to tell a lie'


Summary: lie in Brief

The verb 'lie' [laɪ] has two main meanings: to make a false statement with the intention of deceiving someone, and to be in a horizontal or resting position. The former is exemplified by 'He lied about his age to get into the club,' while the latter is seen in 'She likes to lie on the beach all day.' Phrases like 'lie low' and idioms like 'give the lie to something' extend the range of meanings.

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