[ verb ] prepare or position for action or operation
"lay a fire" "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
[ verb ] (zoology) lay eggs; of female animals
"This hen doesn't lay"
[ verb ] impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
"lay a responsibility on someone"
[ adjective ] not of or from a profession
"a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1530
[ noun ] (music,fine art) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
[ noun ] (verse,writing) a narrative poem of popular origin