To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal, or recumbent position; recline: He lay under a tree to sleep. To be placed on or supported by a surface that is usually horizontal: Dirty dishes lay on the table. See Usage Note at lay1. To be or remain in a specified condition: The dust has lain undisturbed for years. He lay sick in bed. To exist; reside: Our sympathies lie with the plaintiff. To consist or have as a basis. Often used with in: The strength of his performance lies in his training. To occupy a position or place: The lake lies beyond this hill. To extend: Our land lies between these trees and the river. To be buried in a specified place. Law To be admissible or maintainable. Archaic To stay for a night or short while. The manner or position in which something is situated. A haunt or hiding place of an animal. Sports The position of a golf ball that has come to a stop. lie down To do little or nothing: He's lying down on the job. lie in To be in confinement for childbirth. lie to Nautical To remain stationary while facing the wind. lie with To be decided by, dependent on, or up to: The choice lies with you. lie with Archaic To have sexual intercourse with. lie To keep oneself or one's plans hidden. lie To bide one's time but remain ready for action. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression. To present false information with the intention of deceiving. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie. To cause to be in a specific condition or affect in a specific way by telling falsehoods: You have lied yourself into trouble.