What does lay down mean?

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  1. (transitive) To give up, surrender, or yield (e.g. a weapon), usually by placing it on the ground.
  2. (transitive) To intentionally take a fall while riding a motorcycle, in order to prevent a more serious collision.
  3. (transitive) To specify, institute, enact, assert firmly, state authoritatively, establish or formulate (rules or policies).
  4. To stock, store (e.g. wine) for the future. See also lay by.
  5. (euphemistic, transitive) To euthanize an animal.
  6. To sacrifice, especially in the phrase "to lay down one's life."
  7. (intransitive, nonstandard, proscribed) To lie down; to place oneself in a reclined or horizontal position, on a bed or similar, for the purpose of resting.
  8. (nautical, dated) To draw the lines of a ship's hull at full size, before starting a build.
  1. simple past tense of lie down
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