lay down

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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 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 something

also lay something down
to say or write something plainly The coach laid down the rules for all team members, including being at every practice and getting eight hours sleep.
Related vocabulary: set down something
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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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The prince, who served there from 2007-08 and 2012-13, laid a personal wreath with the note: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Jesus described the apex of friendship: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).
The group - which includes on its Web site the scriptural reference that there is no greater love than "to lay down one's life for one's friends" - was inspired by the belief that pacifists must be as ready as fighters to die for their cause.
Never mind that The Passion portrays realistically and accurately the violence of the crucifixion of our Savior; never mind that the violence in this movie is not the sensational and senseless stuff we are surrounded with daily; never mind that this movie powerfully connects with audiences by showing them the power of love as revealed through Jesus' teaching that "no one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).
Heagle: We Christians say that the role and purpose of love is ultimately to lay down one's life for others.
It takes great goodness to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Not surprisingly, then, Communion from the cup implied for the early Christians an openness to martyrdom, a willingness to lay down one's life.