lay out - definition and synonyms

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

  3. 4
    informal to spend an amount of money
    lay out something for something:

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

  4. 5
    informal to hit someone so hard that they fall to the ground and become unconscious

    Joe laid Ken out with one punch.

  5. 6
    to prepare a dead body so that people can come to see it before it is buried
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See also main entry: lay