lay down

lay down
verb
institute, enact, or establish (Freq. 8)
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make laws

Syn: ↑establish, ↑make
Hypernyms: ↑make, ↑create
Hyponyms: ↑set, ↑mark
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

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lay down [phrasal verb]
1 lay (something) down or lay down (something)
1 a : to clearly state (a rule, standard, guideline, etc.)

The company has laid down strict new safety standards.

1 b : to stop using (something)

At noon, we laid down the rakes and rested for a while.

The strikers laid down their tools.

2 lay (a weapon) down or lay down (a weapon) : to put (a weapon) down and stop fighting

The police ordered the criminals to lay down their weapons.

3 lay down your life formal : to give up your life for a good purpose : to die for a good cause

heroes who laid down their lives to preserve our nation

4 lay down the law : to make a strong statement about what someone is or is not allowed to do

The agreement lays down the law (to everyone) on what the group allows.

When she came home after midnight, her father laid down the law: if she came home that late again, she would not be allowed to watch TV for a week.

— see also lay 1 (above), 1
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Main Entry:lay

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