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 for lying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lied (l[imac]d); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Lying (l[imac]"[i^]ng).] [OE. lien, li[yogh]en,
     le[yogh]en, leo[yogh]en, AS. le['o]gan; akin to D. liegen,
     OS. & OHG. liogan, G. l["u]gen, Icel. lj[=u]ga, Sw. ljuga,
     Dan. lyve, Goth. liugan, Russ. lgate.]
     To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do
     that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to
     know the truth, or when morality requires a just
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
        be, or to put one's self, in an horizontal position, or
        nearly so; to be prostate; to be stretched out; -- often
        with down, when predicated of living creatures; as, the
        book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies
        in his coffin.
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              The watchful traveler . . .
              Lay down again, and closed his weary eyes. --Dryden.
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     2. To be situated; to occupy a certain place; as, Ireland
        lies west of England; the meadows lie along the river; the
        ship lay in port.
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     3. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in
        a certain state or condition; as, to lie waste; to lie
        fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie
        under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves;
        the paper does not lie smooth on the wall.
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     4. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding
        place; to consist; -- with in.
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              Envy lies between beings equal in nature, though
              unequal in circumstances.             --Collier.
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              He that thinks that diversion may not lie in hard
              labor, forgets the early rising and hard riding of
              huntsmen.                             --Locke.
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     5. To lodge; to sleep.
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              Whiles I was now trifling at home, I saw London, . .
              . where I lay one night only.         --Evelyn.
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              Mr. Quinion lay at our house that night. --Dickens.
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     6. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
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              The wind is loud and will not lie.    --Shak.
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     7. (Law) To be sustainable; to be capable of being
        maintained. "An appeal lies in this case." --Parsons.
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     Note: Through ignorance or carelessness speakers and writers
           often confuse the forms of the two distinct verbs lay
           and lie. Lay is a transitive verb, and has for its
           preterit laid; as, he told me to lay it down, and I
           laid it down. Lie is intransitive, and has for its
           preterit lay; as, he told me to lie down, and I lay
           down. Some persons blunder by using laid for the
           preterit of lie; as, he told me to lie down, and I laid
           down. So persons often say incorrectly, the ship laid
           at anchor; they laid by during the storm; the book was
           laying on the shelf, etc. It is only necessary to
           remember, in all such cases, that laid is the preterit
           of lay, and not of lie.
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     To lie along the shore (Naut.), to coast, keeping land in
     To lie at the door of, to be imputable to; as, the sin,
        blame, etc., lies at your door.
     To lie at the heart, to be an object of affection, desire,
        or anxiety. --Sir W. Temple.
     To lie at the mercy of, to be in the power of.
     To lie by.
        (a) To remain with; to be at hand; as, he has the
            manuscript lying by him.
        (b) To rest; to intermit labor; as, we lay by during the
            heat of the day.
     To lie hard or To lie heavy, to press or weigh; to bear
     To lie in, to be in childbed; to bring forth young.
     To lie in one, to be in the power of; to belong to. "As
        much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." --Rom.
        xii. 18.
     To lie in the way, to be an obstacle or impediment.
     To lie in wait, to wait in concealment; to lie in ambush.
     To lie on or To lie upon.
        (a) To depend on; as, his life lies on the result.
        (b) To bear, rest, press, or weigh on.
     To lie low, to remain in concealment or inactive. [Slang]
     To lie on hand,
     To lie on one's hands, to remain unsold or unused; as, the
        goods are still lying on his hands; they have too much
        time lying on their hands.
     To lie on the head of, to be imputed to.
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              What he gets more of her than sharp words, let it
              lie on my head.                       --Shak.
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     To lie over.
        (a) To remain unpaid after the time when payment is due,
            as a note in bank.
        (b) To be deferred to some future occasion, as a
            resolution in a public deliberative body.
     To lie to (Naut.), to stop or delay; especially, to head as
        near the wind as possible as being the position of
        greatest safety in a gale; -- said of a ship. Cf. To
        bring to, under Bring.
     To lie under, to be subject to; to suffer; to be oppressed
     To lie with.
        (a) To lodge or sleep with.
        (b) To have sexual intercourse with.
        (c) To belong to; as, it lies with you to make amends.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lying \Ly"ing\, p. pr. & vb. n.
     of Lie, to tell a falsehood.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lying \Ly"ing\, p. pr. & vb. n.
     of Lie, to be supported horizontally.
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     Lying panel (Arch.), a panel in which the grain of the wood
        is horizontal. [R.]
     Lying to (Naut.), having the sails so disposed as to
        counteract each other.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the deliberate act of deviating from the truth [syn:
           lying, prevarication, fabrication]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "lying":
     accubation, accumbency, accumbent, couchancy, couchant, couche,
     crawling, credibility gap, debasement, deceit, deceitful,
     deceptive, decumbency, decumbent, delusive, delusory, depression,
     dishonest, dishonesty, draped, duplicitous, duplicity, equivocal,
     false, falsehood, falsification, fibbery, fibbing, flat, forsworn,
     groveling, hypocritical, knavish, loll, lolling, lounging, lowness,
     lying down, mendacious, mendaciousness, mendacity, misleading,
     mythomania, perfidious, perjured, perjury, prevaricating,
     prevarication, procumbent, prone, proneness, prostrate,
     prostration, pseudology, reclination, reclining, recumbency,
     recumbent, repose, reposing, resupine, roguish, shifty, shortness,
     sprawl, sprawled, sprawling, spread, squatness, squattiness,
     stumpiness, subjacency, supine, supineness, treacherous, truthless,
     truthlessness, untruthful, untruthfulness, unveracious,
     unveraciousness, wrong

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