lay down

verb
laid down; laying down; lays down

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Not knowing which traps the mastermind will lay down next always kept the survivor group guessing, but each player character never felt defenseless thanks to their useful skills. Aaron Potter, Wired, 7 May 2021 Self-service terminals where those in attendance can lay down a bet will also be available throughout the racetrack. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 13 Apr. 2021 The Bible says that the lion will lay down with the lamb. The Rev. Mike Taylor, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 19 Mar. 2021 Fortunately, the optional carbon-ceramic brakes are so strong that the pulses of the ABS lay down a Morse code of Michelin in the braking zones. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 9 Mar. 2021 Soldiers who have been posted to Kolwezi during periods of unrest have been known to lay down their Kalashnikovs at night and enter the mines. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 The Jaguars loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning but did not score, as Caleb Balgaard first failed to lay down a squeeze bunt — causing Reid Powers to be tagged out at home, then struck out. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 21 May 2021 Prior to official confirmation of the truce, there were reports in the Israeli media of an imminent cease-fire but some analysts in the region were skeptical that either side would be willing to lay down their arms. Morgan Winsor And Nasser Atta, ABC News, 20 May 2021 Alex Blandino unsuccessfully tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which turned into a pop-out. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of lay down

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

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

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12 Jun 2021

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“Lay down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay%20down. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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