Lie [ laɪ ]
A lie is an assertion that is believed to be false, typically used with the purpose of deceiving someone. The practice of communicating lies is called lying. A person who communicates a lie may be termed a liar. Lies may serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal, or psychological functions for the individuals who use them.
- a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth.
- something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
- an inaccurate or untrue statement; falsehood When I went to school, history books were full of lies, and I won't teach lies to kids.
- the charge or accusation of telling a lie He flung the lie back at his accusers.
- to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
- to express what is false; convey a false impression.
- to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively) to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
- give the lie to,
- to accuse of lying; contradict.
- to prove or imply the falsity of; belie His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.