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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lie:


Lie is sometimes a misspelling of live.

The word lie is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lie

What does lie mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: lies

  1. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  2. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  3. position or manner in which something is situated
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something

Alternative definition of the noun lie


  1. [golf] The terrain and conditions surrounding the ball before it is struck.
  2. [medicine] The position of a fetus in the womb.
  3. A deliberately false statement; an intentional falsehood.
  4. A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true; a half-truth

Specialised definition of the noun lie

Glossary of sports / golf

the position from which the ball has to be played (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the position of the ball after it comes to rest anywhere between the tee and the putting surface. A lie is described as good if the ball can be struck cleanly

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

angle made by the shaft of the stick and the blade

Definition of the verb lie

What does lie mean as a doing word?

Lie is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
not tell truthliedliedlyinglies

  1. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  2. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
  3. originate (in)
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of lie: consist / dwell / lie in
    • more generic words: be / exist = have an existence, be extant
  4. be and remain in a particular state or condition
    • example: lie dormant
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  5. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
    • examples: Don't lie to your parents | She lied when she told me she was only 29
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: misinform / mislead = give false or misleading information to
    • more specific words:
      • romance = tell romantic or exaggerated lies
      • perjure = knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
      • fib = tell a relatively insignificant lie
  6. have a place in relation to something else
    • example: The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of lie: rest
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
  7. assume a reclining position

Other definitions of lie

What does lie also mean?


  1. The Long Island Expressway, I-495.


Lie a.k.a. Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked German-speaking alpine country and a microstate in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and north. Its area is just over 160 square kilometres, and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz. The biggest town is Schaan. Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world when adjusted by purchasing power parity. Liechtenstein also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world at 1.5%.


  1. "Lie" a.k.a. "Geojitmal" is the debut hit single by South Korean girl group T-ara released on July 27, 2009. All the tracks, excluding "Lies", from the single were later included on the group's debut album, Absolute First Album. The first version was re-titled as "Lies" and the second part "Lies".
  2. "Lie" is the first single by Black Light Burns from their debut album Cruel Melody. It was released to radio on March 20.
  3. "Lie" is a composition.
  4. "Lie" is a musical single of No Sleeves.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Lie" is the 1994 single by Dream Theater.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  6. Lie: The music video of the Lie song by G.o.d.
    • award:
      • Mnet Asian Music Award for Most Popular Music Video nomination for g.o.d
      • International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Korea (MTV Korea) nomination for g.o.d
      • Mnet Asian Music Award for Most Popular Music Video, received by g.o.d
      • International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Korea (MTV Korea), received by g.o.d
  7. "Lie" is a musical album of Lie.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  8. "Lie" is a musical single of Fading Colours.
    • released in (20 years ago)


"Lie" a.k.a. "L.I.E." is a 2001 American drama film about a relationship between Howie, a 15-year-old boy, and an ephebophile known as "Big John". The title is an acronym for the Long Island Expressway. The film was directed by Michael Cuesta, who has said that the film is about exploring sexuality. It stars Paul Dano as Howie and Brian Cox as Big John.


  1. Lie: A lie is an intentionally false statement to a person or group made by another person or group who knows it is not wholly the truth. Lies can be told for various reasons, and with various amounts of success.
    • also known as 谎言
  2. Lie is a TV program.
    • award:
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best TV Script nomination for Noh Hee-kyung
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best New Television Director nomination for Pyo Min-su
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best TV Script, received by Noh Hee-kyung
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best New Television Director, received by Pyo Min-su

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lie

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Google previewThe Magazine of Christian Literature (1890)

The second lie is that of a personal God who dwells in a place peculiar to Himself . The third lie is that of a personal gloritied...

Google previewThe Independent (1903)

A lie is an intentionally inaccurate statement of facts. The difference between truth and falsehood is in the intention. Truth is the offspring of a good intention, and a lie is the offspring of a bad intention. The bad intention is just as much a reality ...

Google previewThe Works of the Late Reverend and Pious Mr. Thomas Gouge, Minister of the Gospel, St. Sepulchres, London ... To which is Prefixed, An Account of the Author's Life (1815)

by Thomas Gouge

For the first, 'A lie is a deceitful expression of one's mind against...

Google previewThe Churchman's Magazine (1804)

A lie is an imprudent thing, for it often disappoints itself. A lie is a destructive thing , for it at once stifles the voice, and relaxes the energy of conscience. Base indeed must be the compound, of which weakness, warthlessnes, and impudence are ...

Google previewRepertorium Oratoris Sacri (1878)

Containing Outlines of Six Hundred Sermons for All the Sundays and Holidays of the Ecclesiastical Year, Also for Other Solemn Occasions by Herman John Hueser


Google previewThe Trouble with Music (2005)

by Mathew Callahan

The lie is that this is "just happening" and that it is not being consciously, systematically produced in the exact same fashion that pornography and fast food is. There is no longer any question of this being authentic. This is a calculated effort to ...

Google previewPlain View

by Tom Rawls

com says a lie is a “false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth.” A lie is something intended to convey a false impression. A lie is an inaccurate or false statement. When faced with truth, people will ...

Google previewHealth Professionals Style Manual (2006)

by Shirley H. Fondiller, EdD, RN, FAAN, Barbara J. Nerone, APR

Lie means a “state of reclining” and does not take a direct object (intransitive verb). Past tense is lay, part participle is lain, and the present participle is lying. Lie also means “making an untrue statement.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

tell a lie, intentionally, or not. Chines- ikoiokoi, red.

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

lie noho,rare, taaeki, taitakoto, takoto, tanewha, tangita, tete, tiipapa.

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1880)

Giving the Derivation, Source Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

(Saxon, lic; LIE. Lich-way. The path by which a funeral is conveyed to church, which not unfrequently deviates from the ordinary road. It was long supposed that wherever a dead body passed became a public thoroughfare. Lichten. Belonging ...

Google previewThe Lutheran World Almanac and Annual Encyclopedia for ... (1922)

Lie. Theol. — Historical theology. Lang, August, D.D. — Church history. Loofs, Friedrich, D.D., LL.D., Ph.D.— Church history. Luetgert, Wilhelm, D.D. — Systematic theology. Schniewind, Julius, Lie. Theol. — New Testament. Voigt ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

tocauseto lie down,to let lie down 2.

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary: Or, Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

No Joists ought to lie at a greater Distance from each other, than 10 (or at most than 12) Inches. z. All Joists on the Back of a Chimney, ought to be laid with a Trimmer, at 6 Inches Distance from the Back. 3. No Joists ought to bear at a longer ...

Google previewA Concise Law Dictionary (1876)

by Herbert Newman Mozley, George Crispe Whiteley

LIE. 1. An action is said to lie, if it is legally maintainable. 2. See also the following Titles. LIE IN FRANCHISE. Waifs, wrecks, es- trays, and the like, ...

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Quotes about Lie

Lie and nobody knows is a lie
Lie and some people know is a secret
Lie and more people know is an excuse
Lie and all people know is a fact (Maria Sudibyo)
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Scrabble value of L1I1E1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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