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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Lie'

Lie Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lie n
  1. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth [syn: prevarication]
  2. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) [syn: Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lie}]
  3. position or manner in which something is situated v
  4. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  5. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position; "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf" [ant: stand, sit]
  6. originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist, belong, lie in}]
  7. be and remain in a particular state or condition; "lie dormant"
  8. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive; "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"
  9. have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies" [syn: rest]
  10. assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better" [syn: lie down] [ant: arise] [also: lying, lay, lain]
Lie Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. Lay (l[=a]); p. p. Lain (l[=a]n), (Lien (l[imac]"[e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Lying.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan, Russ. lejate, L. lectus bed, Gr. le`chos bed, le`xasqai to lie. Cf. Lair, Law, Lay, v. t., Litter, Low, adj.]
  1. To rest extended on the ground, a bed, or any support; to
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Lie'


A lie (also called prevarication, falsehood) is a known untruth expressed as truth.

A lie is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others, often with the further intention to maintain a secret or reputation, protect someone's feelings or to avoid a punishment or repercussion for one's actions. To lie is to state something that one knows to be false or that one does not honestly believe to be true with the intention that a person will take it for the truth. A liar is a person who is lying, who has previously lied, or who tends by nature to lie repeatedly - even when not necessary.

Lying is typically used to refer to deceptions in oral or written communication. Other forms of deception, such as disguises or forgeries, are generally not considered lies, though the underlying intent may be the same. However, even a true statement can be used to deceive. In this situation, it is the intent of being overall untruthful rather than the truthfulness of any individual statement that is considered the lie. As in the boy who cried wolf.

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* It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. - H.L. Mencken

* I never question a success, any more than I do the right of a bulldog to lie in his own gateway. - Josh Billings

* The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth. - George Eliot


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