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phrasal verb [transitive]
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
    to spread something out, or to arrange things so you can see them easily
    She opened her suitcase and laid her clothes out on the bed.
    A display of local history material was laid out on the table.
  2. 2
    to explain something carefully and clearly
    The documents lay out the principles clearly enough.
  3. 3
    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 town hall on a hill in its centre.
    The brochure is beautifully laid out and illustrated.
  4. 4
    informal to spend an amount of money
    lay out something for something: They had already laid out a substantial sum for the wedding.
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