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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylay out
he/she/itlays out
present participlelaying out
past tenselaid out
past participlelaid out
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  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.
  5. 6
    [transitive] informal to hit someone so hard that they fall to the ground and become unconscious
    Joe laid Ken out with one punch.
  6. 7
    [intransitive] American informal to lie outside in the sun, so that your skin becomes darker. This use is considered incorrect by many people.
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