usage note
"Lay down" is also the past tense of the verb "lie down": I lay down in the grass and went to sleep. Me tumbé en el césped y me dormí. It is not used intransitively in the present tense.
lay down
transitive verb phrase
1. (general) 
to l down one's armsdejar or deponer las armas
he laid down his life for his beliefsdio su vida por sus creencias
2. (principle, rule) 
a. establecer 
she's always laying down the lawsiempre está dando órdenes
lay down
transitive verb
1 (put down) [+book, pen] dejar; poner a un lado; [+luggage] dejar; [+burden] posar; depositar en tierra; [+cards] extender sobre el tapete; (lay flat) [+person, body] acostar; tender
to lay o.s. down tumbarse; echarse
2 [+ship] colocar la quilla de
3 [+wine] poner en bodega; guardar en cava
4 (give up) [+arms] deponer; rendir
to lay down one's life for sth/sb dar su vida por algo/algn
5 (establish) [+condition] establecer; [+precedent] sentar; establecer; [+principle] establecer; formular; [+policy] trazar; formular; [+ruling] dictar
to lay it down that ... asentar que ...; dictaminar que ...
6 (impose) [+condition] imponer
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(Cards) poner sus cartas sobre el tapete; (Bridge) (as dummy) tumbarse;
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