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Related to bed down: feather bed
(for something) to lie down to sleep for a period of time. After she had bedded down for the night, the telephone rang. All the chickens bedded down hours ago.
bed (someone or something) down (some place)
to put someone or something into a bed or on bedding some place. We bedded the kids down on mattresses on the floor. We bedded down the horses for the night.
1. To lie down to sleep: I'm about to bed down for the night.
2. To furnish someone with a bed or sleeping quarters: We bedded down our guests in the den. The army bedded down the troops in a temporary shelter.
3. To put someone or something securely to bed: The parents bed down their children every night by reading them a story. We bedded the baby down early tonight.
4. To secure or protect something, especially by covering or enclosing it: To keep the roots of the plants healthy, bed them down in the winter with an inch of soil. We bedded down our equipment under some leaves while we explored the surrounding woods.