- (transitive) To store; to put by.
- We must lay up enough stores to get us through the winter.
- 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
- I employed myself in making, as well as I could, a great many baskets, both to carry earth or to carry or lay up anything, as I had occasion; and though I did not finish them very handsomely, yet I made them sufficiently serviceable for my purpose...
- (transitive) To disable or incapacitate; to confine to bed.
- He was laid up for six weeks with pneumonia.
- (transitive) To take out of active service.
- The battleship is presently laid up in Portsmouth Harbour.
- (intransitive) To go out of active service.
- The cruise ship lays up in November for the winter.
- (transitive, basketball) To make a layup with (a basketball)
- He takes the pass, he drives, he lays it up and in.
- (intransitive, golf) Deliberately to leave the ball further than necessary from the hole, so as to secure an easier succeeding shot.
- Rather than try to reach the green, he chose to lay up.