Quick answer
"Lays" is a form of "lay", a transitive verb which is often translated as "poner". Learn more about "lay" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to set down)
a. poner
We laid all of the decorations out on the table.Pusimos todos los adornos en la mesa.
b. extender (place flat)
After you're done ironing it, please just lay the dress on the bed.Después de haberlo planchado, por favor extiende el vestido sobre la cama.
2. (to inculpate)
a. echar
I can't believe she laid the blame on me for the whole accident!¡No puedo creer que ella me echó la culpa por todo el accidente!
3. (to birth)
a. poner (bird, reptile, insect)
One hen lays a maximum of one egg per day.Una gallina pone un máximo de un huevo por día.
b. desovar (fish, amphibian)
Frogs lay their eggs in water so that they don't dry up.Las ranas desovan sus huevos en el agua para que no se sequen.
4. (to install)
a. poner
He makes a living laying bricks for a construction company.Se gana la vida poniendo ladrillos para una empresa de construcción.
b. colocar
They laid the foundation of the building in less than a month.Ellos colocaron los cimientos del edificio en menos de un mes.
5. (to prepare) (United Kingdom)
a. poner
Please turn the television off and lay the table.Por favor, apaga el televisor y pon la mesa.
b. preparar
It's a good idea to lay the fire now while we still have sunlight.Es una buena idea preparar el fuego ahora, mientras todavía tengamos luz solar.
c. tender (a trap, cable)
The hunters laid a number of traps for the hares.Los cazadores tendieron varias trampas para las liebres.
6. (to wager)
a. hacer (a bet)
Thousands of bets have been laid on tonight's prize fight.Se han hecho miles de apuestas en la pelea de esta noche.
b. apostar
I'll lay you 50 pounds that Chelsea wins the league this year.Te apuesto 50 libras que Chelsea ganará la liga este año.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(to have sex with)
a. tirarse a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
I wouldn't mind laying Jimmy's sister.No me importaría tirarme a la hermana de Jimmy.
b. coger
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
I laid him at the party last night. - You didn't!Lo cogí en la fiesta anoche. - ¿En serio?
c. follarse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
Regionalism used in Spain
I laid her in the park.Me la follé en el parque.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (not religious)
a. laico
His father was a minister, but he preferred to pursue a lay career.Su padre fue un ministro, pero él prefirió dedicarse a una carrera laica.
b. lego
Though it began as a religious seminary, the university is now a lay organization.Aunque comenzó como un seminario religioso, la universidad es ahora una organización lega.
9. (not specialist)
a. lego
Can you summarize the findings in lay terms?¿Puede resumir lo descubierto en términos legos?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to produce eggs)
a. poner huevos
We bought three hens, but none of them lay.Compramos tres gallinas, pero ninguna pone huevos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (medieval poem)
a. la trova
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have to analyze three lays for my history class on Friday.Nos toca analizar tres trovas para mi clase de historia del viernes.
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