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

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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“Lay down.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lays%20down. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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