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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

lie (to rest in a horizontal position) +‎ -ing.

VerbEdit

lying

  1. present participle of lie (to rest in a horizontal position).
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility 19:
      Without shutting herself up from her family ... or lying awake the whole night to indulge meditation, Elinor found every day afforded her leisure enough to think of Edward.
Usage notesEdit

Not to be confused with laying.

NounEdit

lying (plural lyings)

  1. The act of one who lies, or keeps low to the ground.
    • 1854, Saint Augustine, Expositions on the Book of Psalms, Psalm LXIV, translated by Philip Schaff et al.
      But whom could the lyings in wait of the human heart escape?
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Etymology 2Edit

lie (to intentionally give false information) +‎ -ing.

VerbEdit

lying

  1. present participle of lie (to intentionally give false information).

NounEdit

lying (plural lyings)

  1. An act of telling a lie or falsehood.
    • 1653, Jeremy Taylor, “Twenty-five Sermons Preached at Golden Grove; Being for the Winter Half-year, []: Sermon XX. [Apples of Sodom; or, The Fruits of Sin.] Part II.”, in Reginald Heber, editor, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D. [], volume V, London: Ogle, Duncan, and Co. []; and Richard Priestley, [], published 1822, OCLC 956524510, page 298:
      [W]hether a man would fain be pleased with sin, or be quiet and fearless when he hath sinned, or continue in it, or persuade others to it, he must do it by false propositions, by lyings, and such weak discourses as none can believe but such as are born fools, or such as have made themselves so, or are made so by others.
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AdjectiveEdit

lying (not generally comparable, comparative more lying or lyinger, superlative most lying or lyingest)

  1. Tending to tell lies, untruthful, mendacious

Etymology 3Edit

lye. (a chemical liquid)

VerbEdit

lying

  1. simple past tense and past participle of lye

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