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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylay on
he/she/itlays on
present participlelaying on
past tenselaid on
past participlelaid on
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  1. 1
    British to provide something such as food, entertainment, or a service, especially without charging for it
    They laid on a special party to mark his 31 years of service.
    Extra buses are being laid on for late-night shoppers.
  2. 2
    lay something on someone informal to tell or show something to someone, especially when you do not expect them to like it
    Okay, I’m ready for the bad news. Lay it on me.
  3. 3
    lay it on (a bit) thick informal to make something such as your admiration for someone or their achievements seem greater or more important than they really are in order to impress someone
    Don’t lay it on too thick, or they’ll know you want something.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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