lay down

verb

Definition of lay down 

transitive verb

1 : to give up : surrender lay down your arms

2a : establish, prescribe lay down a scale for a map

b : to assert or command dogmatically lay down the law

3a : store, preserve laid down a young wine

b : record laying down songs for their new album

4a : to direct toward a target lay down a barrage

b : to hit along the ground laid down a sacrifice bunt

intransitive verb

nonstandard : to lie down

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for lay down

Synonyms

constitute, enact, legislate, make, ordain, pass

Antonyms

repeal, rescind, revoke

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of lay down in a Sentence

the city council promises to lay down new ordinances that will force dog walkers to clean up after their animals at the risk of their popularity, the parents laid down the rules for the party and wouldn't accept any arguments

First Known Use of lay down

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lay down

Statistics for lay down

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lay down

The first known use of lay down was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lay down

What made you want to look up lay down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!