Thesaurus

lay down

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lay down

  1. 1 to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action the city council promises to lay down new ordinances that will force dog walkers to clean up after their animals Synonyms of lay down constitute, enact, legislate, make, ordain, passWords Related to lay down reenact, repass; bring about, effect; allow, authorize, permit, sanction; decree, dictate, proclaim; administer, execute; approve, confirm, ratifyNear Antonyms of lay down abolish, abrogate, annul, cancel, invalidate, kill, nullify; overturn, reverse, voidAntonyms of lay down repeal, rescind, revoke

  2. 2 to state clearly and strongly at the risk of their popularity, the parents laid down the rules for the party and wouldn't accept any arguments Synonyms of lay down affirm, aver, avouch, avow, declare, guarantee, assert, professWords Related to lay down advance, advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; announce, blaze, call, proclaim, pronounce, say; accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, underline, underscore; advocate, champion, defend, espouse, support, uphold; assure, convince, persuade; explain, justify, rationalize; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of lay down minimize, understate; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  3. 3 to give the rules about (something) clearly and exactly the supervisor laid down the procedure for a complaint of sexual harassment Synonyms of lay down define, prescribe, specifyWords Related to lay down decree, dictate, ordain; assign, direct, fix, set, settle; arrange, order; choose, select; adjure, bid, charge, command, enjoin, instruct, tell; conduct, control, govern, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force; obligate, oblige, require

  4. 4 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress commanded the surrounded troops to lay down their weapons Synonyms of lay down cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, surrender, relinquish, render, turn in, turn over, yieldWords Related to lay down commit, consign, entrust (also intrust), transfer; forfeit, release, waive; abnegate, renounce, resign; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, part (with), shedNear Antonyms of lay down keep, retain, withhold



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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