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lay down (make)


to institute, enact, or establish


cognition verb (thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting, etc.)

Past tense:

laid down

Present participle:

laying down

3rd-person singular present:

lays down

Type of:


Original source:

Princeton WordNet




establish | make

All senses of lay down...

Definition references

Random House Dictionary:

lay | laid [past tense] | laying [present participle] | get laid [sense-specific] | lay aboard [sense-specific] | lay about one [sense-specific] | lay a course [sense-specific] | lay aside [sense-specific] | lay away [sense-specific] | ...

to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down. | to knock or beat down, as from an erect position; strike or throw to the ... (29 of 1599 words, 73 definitions, 48 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

lay | laid [past tense] | laying [present participle] | lays [3rd-person singular present] | lay about | lay aside | lay away | lay by | lay down | ...

To cause to lie down | To place in or bring to a particular position | To bury. | To cause to be in a particular condition | To put or set down | To ... (30 of 1033 words, 50 definitions, 34 usage examples, pronunciations)


Collins Dictionary:

lay down | lie down

to place on the ground, etc | to relinquish or discard | to formulate (a rule, principle, etc) | to build or begin to build | to record (plans) on ... (26 of 517 words, 12 definitions, 12 usage examples)



lay down | surrender [synonym, sense-specific] | store [synonym, sense-specific] | establish [synonym, sense-specific] | prescribe [synonym, sense-specific] | record [synonym, sense-specific] | preserve [synonym, sense-specific] | constitute [synonym, sense-specific] | enact [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to give up; "surrender" | "establish", "prescribe" ; to assert or command dogmatically | "store", "preserve" ; "record" | to direct toward a target ; ... (22 of 194 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

lay down | laid down [past tense] | laying down [present participle] | lays down [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to put something down in order to show you are not going to use it again, for example a weapon or tool | [transitive] to state officially ... (27 of 178 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples)



lay down | laid down [past tense] | laying down [present participle] | lays down [3rd-person singular present]

To give up, surrender, or yield (e.g. a weapon), usually by placing it on the ground. | To intentionally take a fall while riding a motorcycle, in order to prevent a more serious collision. | To specify, institute, enact, assert firmly, state ... (40 of 96 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples)

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Oxford Dictionary:

establish | establisher [derived]

set up on a firm or permanent basis | initiate or bring about (contact or communication) | achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for | introduce ... (22 of 186 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)



Establishment [disambiguation]

may refer to: Establishment (Pakistan), Pakistan's military-civil oligarchy | The Establishment, the dominant group or elite holding effective power or authority in a society | The Establishment (club), an English satire club of the 1960s | The ... (34 of 147 words, 7 definitions)


New World Dictionary:

establish | establisher [noun, related]

to make stable; make firm; settle | to order, ordain, or enact (a law, statute, etc.) permanently | to set up (a government, nation, business, etc.); ... (24 of 133 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

establish [entry 1] | established [adjective, derived]

to start a company or organization that will continue for a long time (13 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/establish 1

establish [entry 2] | establish yourself | established [adjective, derived]

to cause to be accepted in or familiar with a place, position, etc | "establish yourself ": [formal] to be in a successful position over a long period ... (27 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/establish 2

establish [entry 3, formal]

to discover or get proof of something (7 of 49 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/establish 3

Encarta Dictionary:

lay down

to put down, surrender, or sacrifice something | to formulate a rule or principle | to acquire and store something for future use | to place money as ... (25 of 84 words, 6 definitions)

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