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present tense
I/you/we/theylay out
he/she/itlays out
present participlelaying out
past tenselaid out
past participlelaid out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to spread something out, or to arrange things so you can see them easily

    A display of local history material was laid out on the table.

    She opened her suitcase and laid her clothes out on the bed.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to spend an amount of money
    lay out something for something:

    They had already laid out a substantial amount for the wedding.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to arrange something according to a detailed plan, for example rooms in a building, roads in a town, or areas on a piece of land

    The city was laid out with the capitol on a hill in its center.

    The brochure is beautifully laid out and illustrated.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to explain something carefully and clearly

    The documents lay out the principles clearly enough.

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