Meaning of “lay down something” in the English Dictionary

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"lay down something" in American English

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lay down something

past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/
phrasal verb with lay us /leɪ/ verb past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/

(STOP USING)

to put away or stop using something:

Lay down your weapons and surrender.

lay down something

past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/
phrasal verb with lay us /leɪ/ verb past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/

(STATE)

to state something plainly esp. as an official rule:

The coach laid down the rules from the first day of practice.

(Definition of “lay down something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)