Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage


2 verb
lie2 past tense and past participle lied, present participle lying, third person singular lies [intransitive]
1 to deliberately tell someone something that is not true:
I could tell from her face that she was lying.
lie to
I would never lie to you.
lie about
She lied about her age.
lie through your teeth (=say something that is completely untrue)
2 if a picture, account etc lies, it does not show the true facts or the true situation:
Statistics can often lie.
The camera never lies.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary