lay down

lay down

  1. (transitive) To give up, surrender, or yield (e.g. a weapon), usually by placing it on the ground.
    The police urged the gunman to lay down his weapon.
    Lay down your arms.
  2. (transitive) To intentionally take a fall while riding a motorcycle, in order to prevent a more serious collision.
    He laid down his brand-new Harley-Davidson to avoid the oncoming bus.
  3. (transitive) To specify, institute, enact, assert firmly, state authoritatively, establish or formulate (rules or policies).
    Let's lay down the rules right at the beginning, so we are consistent.
    You've got to lay down the law with that boy.
    • Well, I lay it down, first, that a book quite unornamented can look actually and positively beautiful, and not merely un-ugly, if it be, so to say, architecturally good, which, by the by, need not add much to its price […]
  4. To stock, store (e.g. wine) for the future. See also lay by.
  5. (euphemism, transitive) To euthanize an animal.
  6. To sacrifice, especially in the phrase "to lay down one's life."
  7. (intransitive, nonstandard, proscribed) To lie down; to place oneself in a reclined or horizontal position, on a bed or similar, for the purpose of resting.
    I feel a bit ill, so I'm going to go lay down for a while.
  8. (nautical, dated) To draw the lines of a ship's hull at full size, before starting a build.
Translations Translations Translations Verb
  1. simple past tense of lie down
    He lay down in his bed until he felt better.

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