lay down
verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 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
>
intransitive verb nonstandard to lie down

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