- lay lay [leɪ] verb laid PTandPPlay somebody → off phrasal verb [transitive]HUMAN RESOURCES to stop employing a worker, usually when there is not enough work for them to do:
• The group plans to lay off 10% of its workforce.— see also lay-offlay something → out phrasal verb [transitive]informal to spend a lot of money on something:lay something → out lay out something for/on something
• Some people are willing to lay out huge amounts of money for electronic equipment.
* * *Ⅰ.lay UK US /leɪ/ verb [T] (laid, laid)► to put something onto a surface or under the ground in a horizontal position: lay a pipe/cable »
Workmen were digging up the street to lay cables.»
They prepared the ground, then laid concrete.► to prepare for doing something or to make it possible for something to happen in the future: lay the basis/foundation/groundwork for sth »
Perhaps more than anyone, he laid the groundwork for today's digital revolution.► to bet (= risk) something on the result of an event: lay odds/a wager »
I'll lay odds that she won't take the job.● lay blame (on sb/sth) — Cf. lay blame on sth● lay claim to sth — Cf. lay claim to sth● lay an egg — Cf. lay an eggⅡ.lay UK US /leɪ/ adjective [before noun]► not expert in or not having a detailed knowledge of a particular subject: lay person/audience/reader »
Gadget reviews work best when they use less technical jargon for the lay audience.
Financial and business terms. 2012.