When talking about not letting one's 'ego' prevent oneself from helping his enemies:
He __ his ego and helped his enemies.
Would "swallow", "hide", "put down", "lay down" work there?
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I agree with what the others have said; we'd normally say pride instead of ego.
But back to your main question: Which verbs to use? Swallow is fine, but, before I used hid, put down, or lay down, I might use shelved:
This word might even make an embedded pun, if any of those chores happened to be in the kitchen or garage.
I don't regard any of swallow, hide, or lay down as suitable in the context of “He __ his ego and helped his enemies”. Put down is usable, although unlikely to be used. Instead consider suppressed, as suggested in a comment, or more preferably, use overcame.
Note, swallow is used in the phrase “swallow his pride”, a phrase that is more or less equivalent to “overcame his ego”.