lain

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Inflected forms.

Verb[edit]

lain

  1. past participle of lie (oriented in a horizontal position, situated).
    He had lain there for many hours.
    The book had lain on the attic floor until it was found decades later.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The past participle of lie (deceive) is lied.
  • The past participle of lay (put down) is laid.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse løyna (to conceal) ( = Old English līġnan), from Proto-Germanic *laugnā (secrecy).

Verb[edit]

lain (third-person singular simple present lains, present participle laining, simple past and past participle lained)

  1. (obsolete) To conceal, keep quiet about. [14th-19thc.]

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Basque[edit]

Noun[edit]

lain

  1. part

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lain

  1. Instructive plural form of laki.
  2. Genitive singular form of laki.

Anagrams[edit]


Indonesian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lain

  1. other, another
  2. different, distinct
  3. next, second

Synonyms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

lain

  1. else
  2. otherwise

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Sutsilvan) len
  • (Sursilvan, Surmiran) lenn

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lignum.

Noun[edit]

lain m

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) wood

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English line.

Noun[edit]

lain

  1. line; row; queue
  2. group; family; clan; tribe; cohort
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:15 (translation here):
      Na bai mi mekim yu i stap birua bilong meri, na meri i stap birua bilong yu. Na bai mi mekim ol lain bilong yu i birua long lain bilong meri. Bai ol i krungutim het bilong yu, na bai yu kaikaim lek bilong ol.”


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