There are 4 main translations of lay in Spanish

: lay1lay2lay3lay4

lay1

poner, v.

Pronunciation /leɪ//leɪ/

past tense

  • 1

    (put, place)
    poner
    he laid his head on the pillow puso la cabeza en la almohada
    • lay him on his back ponlo / tiéndelo boca arriba
    • lay the cloth flat on the table extiende la tela sobre la mesa
    • he laid a blanket over the sleeping child cubrió al niño dormido con una manta
    • She gently laid the pills next to it and waited for her brother to answer.
    • He lays a hand gently on my shoulder, stretching his arm further round my back when I do not push him away.
    • Softly and carefully she removed each jewel that kept her hair in place before laying it gently on her lap.
    • He took off his long jacket and laid it carefully across the back of the chair and took his boots and glasses off as well.
    • I did as she told me, and she laid the boy gently on my arms.
    • He laid the peasant girl gently in the grass beside him and looked down at her dark eyes brimming with tears.
    • Vincent sighed laying an arm gently over my shoulder.
    • The dog whined and gently laid its head into her lap.
    • She reached out and laid a hand gently on his elbow, and her eyes were soft.
    • He gently laid the violin back into its case and locked it shut, handing it to one of the band members to put in the back for safe keeping until he was ready leave.
    • I frown and move closer to him, laying my hand gently on his shoulder.
    • Colt lays his hand gently on her shoulder in solidarity.
    • Cleo cradled her broken arm and gently lay it so it was supported by her lap.
    • He scoops up a selection of the sliced eggplant and limps over to the grill on his stovetop, where he carefully lays them to cook alongside the red and yellow peppers.
    • Chuckling, I scooped them up in the palm of my hand and laid them gently on top of a soft pile of Green Stamps and bore them so to London town.
    • I gently laid my hands upon her shoulders and heard her quiet tears.
    • Liza smiled gently, laying her cheek against his chest.
    • Becca carefully laid the last pieces of her clarinet in their places and snapped the case shut.
    • Sasha laid his new sister carefully in the playpen that had been erected in the corner of the living room.
    • He laid the gun gently on the stool next to her plate.
  • 2

    (arrange, put down in position)
    (bricks) poner
    (bricks) colocar
    (cable/pipes) tender
    (cable/pipes) instalar
    (carpet) poner
    (carpet) colocar
    (mines) sembrar
    they laid the floor with tiles/carpet enmoquetaron el suelo Spain
    • the gardens are laid to grass los jardines están cubiertos de césped
    • The recent fall of snow, laid in a thick carpet, deadened any sound, adding to the tranquillity and pristine feel of the mountains.
    • In addition the ventilation system is being improved, seats have been re-covered and new carpets are being laid.
    • The thick green carpet that was laid down looked almost like real, lush grass.
    • The Red Carpet was especially laid for the guests who really enjoyed their stay there.
    • This lays the ground for suggesting some means to move forward in the debate.
    • He grinned against my lips and propelled me towards his bed, but before we got there, I laid some ground rules.
    • The ancient and largely uncomfortable seating would be replaced and the giant 2,300-seater Oval Hall redecorated and a new carpet laid.
    • This will lay the ground rules for anyone who tries to seek an exception to go whaling in the future.
    • French security sources said that advanced plans had been laid to use a stolen truck or a helicopter loaded with explosives.
    • My flat is progressing too, with the bulk of the decorating work likely to be finished this week, and new (cheap and cheerful) carpet to be laid on Wednesday.
    • It's certainly better than the nanotechnology-thick carpet that was previously laid directly onto the concrete screed.
    • The drums scatter while a trembling, funky bass-riff lays the ground work for the string section to lead.
    • Plans had also been laid to raise more then £1 million locally.
    • Overnight these streets have been laid with colored sawdust carpets.
    • He hid it away carefully, thus laying the groundwork for a future evil villain to rediscover it at some later time and take over the world then.
    • With the blue carpet only laid recently and the translation booths still to be fitted out, the 13th floor has yet to be finished.
    • A lovely window seat has been built into one of the bay windows, and a pine floor has just been laid - the carpet was destroyed by our parties.
    • As stormy weather closes in, delaying passage even longer, Joan's carefully laid plans are dashed upon the rocks by an equally powerful emotional gale.
    • Plans are being laid to turn the clock back 60 years across large swathes of the resort for three days in early September.
  • 3

    (prepare)
    (fire) preparar
    (trap/ambush) tender
    (plans) hacer
    to lay the table for dinner poner la mesa para la cena
    • There was still many hours of daylight left, plenty of time to lay out the trap in his mind.
    • And stupidity, sheer stupidity, meant that they did not see the trap that they had laid for themselves.
    • We zoom in for a brief moment to show the array of spike traps the police have laid in place to disable the car.
    • Every one of the 400 bedrooms had a coal fire, laid by the staff each day.
    • In the ensuing panic, it appears other hostages had inadvertently set off booby traps laid in the theatre by the rebels.
    • A trap should only be laid if it is part of the overall strategic plan.
    • Hunter returned to his place by Missy's side in front of the glowing embers of the dying fire laid in the black iron stove.
    • Those involved in the ambush said a trap had been laid, and that the area was marked with defensive earth berms and firing positions.
    • Last weekend, I laid down traps to catch the rats.
    • The course covers the laws about poisons, and the dangers to wildlife, and practical exercises in laying and baiting a trap.
    • The girl closed the door, lit lamps and a fire that was already laid, then shuttered the only window of the one room cottage, as if wanting privacy.
    • The rooms were bigger than The Laughing God's, but no fires had been laid, there were no hot baths, and meals cost two coppers apiece.
    • She had some sort of trap laid and she was preparing to spring it on him.
    • By now, the immediate surroundings were quiet, most of the troops had mustered at the south side of camp in preparation to spring the trap that had been laid.
    • At suitable sites, mist nets are strung up, and traps laid that harmlessly snare the birds as they come down to roost or rest.
    • But she wasn't ready to accept him yet, it could be an elaborate trap laid by one of the Four.
    • They also easily become prey to traps that are indiscriminately laid.
    • I hastily finished laying the fire before going down below the stairs to the kitchen.
    • A pest-control company has told me there is no evidence of any activity in the attic, though traps and poison were laid.
    • There was no off-switch, and the seemingly clean-cut, anti-drugs pop star fell into every artfully concealed trap that fame laid for him.
    • They have fallen into the trap the publishers laid down nearly 300 years ago.
    • A fire has been laid for us in the parlour and I am certain we have much to discuss.
    • He likes his sport but is only too aware how it can lay dangerous and unseen traps.
    • It makes bureaucratic booby traps, laid down by government civil servants at their final destination, cruel indeed.
    • The only light came from the fire that had been laid so the room would be a comfortable temperature for me.
    • The crowd was focusing its attention on an old woman who sat next to a fire laid on the stone floor of the classroom.
    • He laid a ‘glue trap’ by the hole at the back of my kitchen cupboard.
    • But the trap has usually been laid for the opponent, supported by a strong defense and kicking game.
  • 4

    (present, put forward)
    to lay a complaint against sb formular / presentar una queja contra algn
    • to lay a case before sb exponer un caso ante algn
  • 5

    (cause to be)
    one blow laid him flat on his back de un golpe quedó tendido de espaldas en el suelo
    • the blow laid his head open el golpe le partió la cabeza
    • it laid her under an obligation la puso en un compromiso
  • 6

    Zoology
    to lay eggs desovar
    • Female turtles begin laying their eggs at age 50 and then come back to lay them every six years for another 50 years.
    • The moth lays eggs, and the larvae leave silvery trails as they damage the foliage.
    • They were overjoyed as the mother bird laid eggs.
    • A female butterfly lays an egg that looks like a miniature pearl, or a squashed golf ball, or a whiskey barrel.
    • Female flies lay eggs every two or three days, 300 eggs each time, which means the number of flies will rocket if not controlled.
    • Being reptiles, the crocodilians lay eggs, but they are not abandoned by mother croc.
    • On another day, we all rushed to the headman's home after hearing that a chicken had laid a strange egg.
    • At night on the beaches, giant turtles would lay their eggs.
    • Most adult female sea turtles will lay several hundred eggs during a nesting season.
    • A mother bird lays her eggs and protects them as they grow.
    • The female wasp lays her eggs inside the developing medfly egg.
    • The female beetle lays eggs only where she knows aphids are present.
    • When a bee lays its eggs, it also provides a packet of pollen and nectar - like an energy gel for a long bike ride - for its offspring.
    • The adult female louse lays eggs, which hatch after seven days, in sacs adjacent to the scalp.
    • In the middle of it all, this bird laid an egg but abandoned it and continued to mate.
    • The initial report said that the beaches of both islands are places where sea turtles lay their eggs.
    • For example, turtles lay their eggs within hours in beach sand and then leave them.
    • These host plants are where the female butterfly will eventually lay her eggs.
    • However, some insects selfishly lay their own eggs in empty cells rather than taking care of the queen's eggs.
    • In fact most perching birds lay eggs that are mostly white except for a ring of reddish spots around the blunt end.
  • 7

    (wager/bet) hacer
    (money) apostar
    I'll lay you $10 on it te apuesto 10 dólares (a) que es así
    • I'll lay (that) he doesn't come back te apuesto (a) que no vuelve
    • But despite taking $25,000 bets before, she will be content with laying a more modest wager.
    • The money was duly laid down, so Lucas whipped off his kit and plunged in.
    • Something funny is going on here… I'd lay all my money on a bet that it was the Emperor who sent that spell to kill me.
  • 8formal

    (locate)
    (scene) situar
  • 9slang

    (to have sex with)
    tirarse a slang
    follarse a Spain vulgar slang
    coger Mexico River Plate vulgar slang
    he/she wants to get laid quiere echarse un polvo slang

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (hen) poner huevos
  • 2Criticized

    lie

noun

slang

  • 1

    he's/she's a good lay es muy bueno/buena en la cama informal

There are 4 main translations of lay in Spanish

: lay1lay2lay3lay4

lay2

laico, adj.

Pronunciation /leɪ//leɪ/

adjective

  • 1

    Religion
    (secular)
    (education/organization) laico
    • Therefore, if a bishop chooses to close a particular parish instead of bringing in a lay minister, he is free to do so.
    • Look for opportunities to form teams in communicating with pastors and lay people.
    • In the colonies the lay vestry emerged to help with the management of church resources and property.
    • Eventually, the pope had the lay people boycott married priests and not attend Masses celebrated by them.
    • Part of the answer, in short, is found in the array of lay ministries that are integral to most thriving parishes.
    • If only consultative, the lay voice will remain mostly window dressing for clerical decision makers.
    • Many of its adherents promoted the individualism and lay preaching that Edwards so deplored.
    • All of these academic settings are educating the church's future lay ministers.
    • So, baptism establishes the lay status of a believer by ordaining that person into the lay order.
    • But a special effort will be required if lay preaching is to bear fruit.
    • During this time Bethel has been well supported by ministers from the South Wales area, some of them retired, and by lay preachers from the locality.
    • She was training to be a lay preacher, but knew that wasn't where she wanted to be, and wasn't sure where she was going.
    • This book is intended primarily for lay study groups in Episcopal parishes and Lutheran congregations.
    • Modern scholarship has done much to rescue the pastoral reputation and moral seriousness of the clergy and their lay supporters at all levels.
    • It's nice to think we might stay to help reclaim the house, but how is an ordinary lay Catholic to do that?
    • In my opinion the church needs lay advisory boards with some teeth.
    • Another characteristic of those days is that salaries for lay workers and pastors were low.
    • Even if we don't serve as lay ministers or volunteers, there is one thing we can do: pray!
    • And how does it bear on the roles, lay or clerical, of women in the church?
    • A knife to his belly had brought him to the Bowery Mission, where he continues as a lay preacher.
  • 2

    (not expert)
    the lay reader el lector no especializado

There are 4 main translations of lay in Spanish

: lay1lay2lay3lay4

lay3

lay, n.

Pronunciation /leɪ//leɪ/

noun

archaic

  • 1

    (poem)
    lay masculine archaic
    trova feminine
    • Their roster of dazzling images is annually expanded by increments, as happened with bardic lays after the fall of Troy.
    • James Macpherson based his Ossianic pieces on these lays.
    • In no other of Marie's lays is the roster of personages so heavily weighted toward a single gender.
    • We come to the lay's treatment of the third type: the woman, as represented by the wife.
    • The first of the lays appeared in Blackwood's Magazine in Apr. 1843, and the volume was published in 1849.
    • The company in the royal or noble hall provided the audience for a literature which mirrored the age: heroic lays recited by professional bards.
  • 2

    (song, melody)
    balada feminine
    land

There are 4 main translations of lay in Spanish

: lay1lay2lay3lay4

lay4

Pronunciation /leɪ//leɪ/

past tense