verb \ˈlās\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to draw together the edges of by or as if by a lace passed through eyelets <laces her fingers behind her head>
:  to draw or pass (as a lace) through something (as eyelets)
:  to confine or compress by tightening laces of a garment
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
:  beat, lash
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>
intransitive verb
:  to admit of being tied or fastened with a lace
:  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



: 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

:  a cord or string used for drawing together two edges (as of a garment or a shoe)
:  an ornamental braid for trimming coats or uniforms
:  an openwork usually figured fabric made of thread or yarn and used for trimmings, household coverings, and entire garments
laced \ˈlāst\ adjective
lace·less \ˈlās-ləs\ adjective
lace·like \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

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