lay down

verb

Definition of lay down

1 : to give up : surrender
  • lay down your arms
2 a : establish, prescribe
  • lay down a scale for a map
b : to assert or command dogmatically
  • lay down the law
3 a : store, preserve
  • laid down a young wine
b : record
  • laying down songs for their new album
4 a : to direct toward a target
  • lay down a barrage
b : to hit along the ground
  • laid down a sacrifice bunt
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

First Known Use of lay down

13th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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