Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  2. (noun, person) Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  3. (noun, location) position or manner in which something is situated
  4. (verb, stative) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  5. (verb, contact) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
    the books are lying on the shelf
  6. (verb, stative) originate (in)
  7. (verb, stative) be and remain in a particular state or condition
  8. (verb, communication) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
    She lied when she told me she was only 29
  9. (verb, stative) have a place in relation to something else
    The responsibility rests with the Allies
  10. (verb, motion) assume a reclining position

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Lie

sit, stand

Origin of the word Lie

  1. "speak falsely," O.E. legan, ligan, earlier leogan (class II strong verb; past tense leag, pp. logen), from P.Gmc. *leugan (cf. O.N. ljuga, Dan. lyve, O.Fris. liaga, Ger. l?gen, Goth. liugan), from PIE base *leugh- "to tell a lie." more
  2. "rest horizontally," O.E. licgan (class V strong verb; past tense l?g, pp. legen), from P.Gmc. *legjanan (cf. O.N. liggja, O.Fris. lidzia, M.Du. ligghen, Ger. liegen, Goth. ligan), from PIE *legh- (cf. Hittite laggari "falls, lies," Gk. lekhesthai "to lie down," L. lectus "bed," O.C.S. more
  3. "an untruth," O.E. lyge, from P.Gmc. *lugin (cf. O.N. lygi, Dan. l?gn, O.Fris. leyne, Ger. L?ge, Goth. liugn). To give the lie to "accuse directly of lying" is attested from 1593. Lie-detector first recorded 1909. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Lie

l, la, laelia, lah, lahu, lally, lao, lauhala, law, lay, lay away, layia, le, lea, leal, lee, leeway, lei, leo, leo i, leo iii, leu, ley, lh, li, liao, lie low, lieu, lii, liii, lille, lillie, lilo, lily, loewe, loewi, loll, lolly, lolo, loo, low

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