lay down

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 But in a few short months Musk has actually done what his critics feared all without setting foot in a boardroom to lay down even a single new business decision. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 14 July 2022 Crews generally apply a 12-inch to 18-inch layer of VRAM, that is 1/8 of an inch thick before large paving machines roll through to lay down the pavement, Williams said. Michael Laris, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 As more jurisdictions lay down a regulatory framework for digital assets, more institutions and individuals will have the confidence and proper structures to adopt Bitcoin and other digital assets. Rufas Kamau, Forbes, 25 June 2022 With a runner on second base and no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado was waiting for Reds right fielder TJ Friedl to lay down a bunt. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 June 2022 It’s a championship-caliber opponent that’s not going to lay down. Globe Staff,, 11 June 2022 Wrapped in pink, blue and white flags, a group of people lay down on the ground in front of a stage where representatives from Glamazon, an Amazon affinity group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, were delivering speeches under a Pride flag. Lauren Rosenblatt, Chicago Tribune, 2 July 2022 Lyons, a four-star tight end, lay down in full uniform next to it. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2022 The station dog, Zhuzha, lay down in the middle of the room. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lay down

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

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30 Jul 2022

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“Lay down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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