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present tense
I/you/we/theylay down
he/she/itlays down
present participlelaying down
past tenselaid down
past participlelaid down
  1. 2
    [transitive] to state officially what someone must do or how they must do it

    The Natural Resources Department has laid down tough standards for water quality.

  2. 5
    lay down the law to tell someone what to do or how to behave in a way that shows that you expect them to obey you completely

    With kids like that you have to lay down the law and let them see you're serious.

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