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lay down

1. To recline, as on a bed or couch. I need to lay down—my head is pounding.
2. To set or put someone or something down. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "down." I just laid the baby down in the bassinette, so try not to make too much noise. Lay those magazines down on the coffee table, please. Gentlemen, lay down your arms! There's been a truce.
3. To sleep. She said she didn't sleep well last night and went upstairs to lay down.
4. To yield or submit. We need to play hard today—these guys aren't just going to lay down and let us take the championship.
5. To give a directive or order. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "down." As the CEO, you lay down the rules for the entire company.
6. To keep or save something for the future. You should lay down part of each paycheck and put it into a retirement fund.
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lay someone down

to ease someone into a reclining position; to ease someone into bed. The baby woke up when I tried to lay him down. The nurse laid the disturbed patient down time and time again.
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lay something down (on something)

to place something down on something. Lay the plates down on the table gently. Please lay down your book and listen to me.
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lay down

to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down? You really think I should just lay down and let them walk all over me?
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lay down

1. Give something up, surrender, as in They laid down their arms. [c. 1300]
2. Formulate, specify, as in The club laid down new membership rules. [Late 1400s]
3. Also, lay down one's life. Sacrifice one's life, as in He would willingly lay down his life for his children. [c. 1600]
4. Store for the future, as in It was a great vintage year for burgundy, and Mark laid down several cases. [Early 1800s] Also see lay aside, def. 2.
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lay down

v.
1. To put something in a horizontal or lying position: You can lay down the newspaper on the table. Lay the baby down in the crib.
2. To put down some weapon in order to surrender: The militants laid down their weapons. The protesters laid their signs down when the mayor came out to speak to them.
3. To specify something firmly: The first thing the counselor did was to lay down the rules for the campers. The club owner laid the business policies down for the employees.
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lay down

in. to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down?
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In December last year, at least 70 Baloch separatist militants, including commanders, renounced violence and lay down their arms.
They can be recognized as part of it if they lay down their arms and join the political process.
Karayylan remarked, adding that they would lay down arms only when the Turkish government admits that it has oppressed the Kurdish people and decides to solve problems through dialogue.
Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is try to lay aside our petty self centeredness in order to make the world a better place in which to live.
When she was ready to lay down tracks for a new TV show featuring Bill Cosby, she looked at the blank piece of paper composer Quincy Jones laid in front of her.
In an explanatory letter, Maurizio Turco, a member of the Radical Party and the author of the resolutions, notes that such unprecedented actions are necessary because of the Catholic Church's desire "to lay down the law" and to interfere with "national legislations on sexual and reproductive health.
PESHAWAR, 20 March , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said that the government would think over the demands of Taliban if they lay down arms and hold dialogue with the government.
Lay down, lay down,'' Bono wailed as the band launched into ``Love and Peace Or Else'' from their current album, ``How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12, 13).
The sources said that the recent victories of the Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF), with the back up of the Russia fighter jets, have caused too many Takfiri terrorists to lay down their guns and apply for government pardoning in Lattakia province.
Finally, the drug started to kick in, and he just lay down by a trash can and went to sleep.
The government offers Syrian citizens to lay down arms and go through a rehabilitation process to return to normal life as part of the national reconciliation program.
He was a bit unsteady, went to lay down, and was found unresponsive a short time later,'' Carrier said.
The Bible tell us, ``Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.
2) A crew prepares to lay down concrete around steel molding to create a bed upon which the subway track will lie.