- The act of assigning a responsibility, an obligation, or a penalty to someone
- The act of proposing or presenting something for consideration
- The action of presenting something, such as a case or an argument, for inspection, consideration, and decision
- The law will lay hefty fines on companies failing to meet safety regulations.
- The senator will lay the new policy before the committee tomorrow.
- The lawyer plans to lay all the evidence before the judge at the next hearing.