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lace

play
verb \ˈlās\

Simple Definition of lace

  • : to pull a lace through the holes of (a shoe, boot, etc.)

  • : to be tied or fastened with a lace

  • : to add a small amount of a powerful substance (such as alcohol, a drug, or a poison) to (something, such as a drink)

Full Definition of lace

lacedlac·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw together the edges of by or as if by a lace passed through eyelets <laces her fingers behind her head>

  3. 2 :  to draw or pass (as a lace) through something (as eyelets)

  4. 3 :  to confine or compress by tightening laces of a garment

  5. 4 a :  to adorn with or as if with lace <the surrounding countryside was laced with villages and hamlets — L. C. Heinemann> b :  to mark with streaks of color

  6. 5 :  beat, lash

  7. 6 a :  to add a dash of liquor to b :  to add something to impart pungency, savor, or zest to <a sauce laced with garlic> <conversation laced with sarcasm> c :  to adulterate with a substance <laced a guard's coffee with a sedative>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to admit of being tied or fastened with a lace

  10. 2 :  to make a verbal attack —usually used with into <his boss laced into him for being late>

lac·er noun

Examples of lace

  1. a dress that laces in the back

  2. <the gardener laced the shoots of ivy around the trellis to direct their growth>



Origin of lace

Middle English, from Anglo-French lacer, from Latin laqueare to ensnare, from laqueus


First Known Use: 13th century


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lace

noun

Simple Definition of lace

  • : a cord or string used for tying or holding things together

  • : a very thin and light cloth made with patterns of holes

Full Definition of lace

  1. 1 :  a cord or string used for drawing together two edges (as of a garment or a shoe)

  2. 2 :  an ornamental braid for trimming coats or uniforms

  3. 3 :  an openwork usually figured fabric made of thread or yarn and used for trimmings, household coverings, and entire garments

laced play \ˈlāst\ adjective
lace·less play \ˈlās-ləs\ adjective
lace·like play \ˈlās-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of lace

  1. I need new laces for these shoes.

  2. She wore lace on her wedding gown.



Origin of lace

Middle English, from Anglo-French lace, laz, from Latin laqueus snare


First Known Use: 14th century


LACE Defined for Kids

1

lace

play
verb \ˈlās\

Definition of lace

lacedlac·ing

  1. :  to fasten or join with or as if with a cord or string <Lace your shoes.>




2

lace

play
noun

Definition of lace

  1. 1 :  a cord or string for pulling and holding together opposite edges (as of a shoe)

  2. 2 :  a very delicate fabric made with patterns of holes





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