lay on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylay on
he/she/itlays on
present participlelaying on
past tenselaid on
past participlelaid on
  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.

See also main entry: lay