AskDefine | Define lain

Dictionary Definition

lie

Noun

1 a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth [syn: prevarication]
2 Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) [syn: Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lie]
3 position or manner in which something is situated

Verb

1 be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
2 be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position; "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf" [ant: stand, sit]
3 originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist, belong, lie in]
4 be and remain in a particular state or condition; "lie dormant"
5 tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive; "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"
6 have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies" [syn: rest]
7 assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better" [syn: lie down] [ant: arise] [also: lying, lay, lain]lain See lie

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

lain
  1. |.

Usage notes

  • The past participle of |[[lie#Etymology 2 is lied.
  • The past participle of |[[lay#Etymology 1 is laid.

Translations

Basque

Noun

  1. part

Finnish

Etymology 1

Noun

Etymology 2

Noun

Indonesian

Adjective

  1. different
  2. us

Synonyms

Romansch

Etymology

lignum.

Noun

  1. wood

Extensive Definition

Lain is an uncommon female name in English. Some people named Lain include:
It could also refer to:
lain in German: Lain
lain in French: Lain
lain in Portuguese: Lain
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