(noun, verb)


1. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

Similar word(s): prevarication

Definition categories: communication, falsehood, falsity, untruth

2. position or manner in which something is situated

Definition categories: location, place, position

Sentences with lie as a noun:

- I knew he was telling a lie by his facial expression.


1. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Definition categories: stative, be

2. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

Definition categories: contact

3. originate (in)

Similar word(s): consist, dwell

Definition categories: stative, be, exist

4. be and remain in a particular state or condition

- lie dormant

Definition categories: stative, be

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

Definition categories: communication, misinform, mislead

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

Similar word(s): rest

Definition categories: stative, be

7. assume a reclining position

- lie down on the bed until you feel better

Definition categories: motion

Sentences with lie as a verb:

- The book lies on the table;

- to lie waste;

- The paper does not lie smooth on the wall.

- When Pinocchio lies, his nose grows.

- If you are found to have lied in court, you could face a penalty.

- While a principle-based approach might claim that lying is always morally wrong, the casuist would argue that, depending upon the details of the case, lying might or might not be illegal or unethical. The casuist might conclude that a person is wrong to lie in legal testimony under oath, but might argue that lying actually is the best moral choice if the lie saves a life.WP

- Photos often lie.

- Hips don't lie.