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lay down

verb

Definition of lay down

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give up :  surrender <lay down your arms>

  3. 2 a :  establish, prescribe <lay down a scale for a map> b :  to assert or command dogmatically <lay down the law>

  4. 3 a :  store, preserve <laid down a young wine> b :  record <laying down songs for their new album>

  5. 4 a :  to direct toward a target <lay down a barrage> b :  to hit along the ground <laid down a sacrifice bunt>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. nonstandard :  to lie down



Examples of lay down in a sentence

  1. <the city council promises to lay down new ordinances that will force dog walkers to clean up after their animals>

  2. <at the risk of their popularity, the parents laid down the rules for the party and wouldn't accept any arguments>



13th Century

First Known Use of lay down

13th century



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