lay out

See also: layout, Layout, and lay-out



From lay +‎ out.


lay out (third-person singular simple present lays out, present participle laying out, simple past and past participle laid out)

  1. (transitive) To expend or contribute money to an expense or purchase.
    • 1677, Hannah Woolley, The Compleat Servant-Maid, London: T. Passinger, p. 63,[1]
      [] you must endeavour to take off your Mistress from all the care you can, giving to her a just and true account of what moneys you lay out for her, shewing your self thrifty in all your disbursements.
    • 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “Government”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, OCLC 191225086, book II (The Ancient Monk):
      There are but two ways of paying debt: increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying it out.
  2. (transitive) To arrange in a certain way, so as to spread or space apart; to display (e.g. merchandise or a collection).
    She laid the blocks out in a circle on the floor.
  3. (transitive) To explain; to interpret.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 230b.
      Because his opinions are all over the place, they find it easy to scrutinise them and lay them out []
  4. (transitive) To concoct; think up.
  5. To prepare a body for burial.
  6. (transitive, colloquial) To render (someone) unconscious; to knock out; to cause to fall to the floor.
  7. (transitive, colloquial) To scold or berate.
  8. (intransitive, US, colloquial) To lie in the sunshine.

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lay out

  1. simple past tense of lie out