lace

verb
\ ˈlās How to pronounce lace (audio) \
laced; lacing

Definition of lace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to draw together the edges of by or as if by a lace passed through eyelets laces her fingers behind her head
2 : to draw or pass (something, such as a lace) through something (such as eyelets)
3 : to confine or compress by tightening laces of a garment
4a : 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
5 : beat, lash
6a : 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

1 : to admit of being tied or fastened with a lace
2 : to make a verbal attack usually used with into his boss laced into him for being late

lace

noun

Definition of lace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cord or string used for drawing together two edges (as of a garment or a shoe)
2 : an ornamental braid for trimming coats or uniforms
3 : an openwork usually figured fabric made of thread or yarn and used for trimmings, household coverings, and entire garments

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Other Words from lace

Verb

lacer noun

Noun

laced \ ˈlāst How to pronounce laced (audio) \ adjective
laceless \ ˈlās-​ləs How to pronounce laceless (audio) \ adjective
lacelike \ ˈlās-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lacelike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lace in a Sentence

Verb

a dress that laces in the back the gardener laced the shoots of ivy around the trellis to direct their growth

Noun

I need new laces for these shoes. She wore lace on her wedding gown.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Matt Duffy laced a single through the right side and McCullers misfired a full-count fastball to Jake Bauers, allowing Wilson Ramos to hit. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Lance McCullers thwarts his hometown Rays in Astros' shutout win," 28 June 2018 But that rare moment of public capitulation was brief from the president, who laced his remarks at a rally in Minnesota that night with hardline immigration rhetoric that continued Friday. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "Dismissing 'phony stories of sadness' in immigration crisis, Trump meets with 'angel families'," 23 June 2018 In payback for the years of being snubbed and sneered at, Crawford, who discreetly laced her perpetual glasses of Pepsi with vodka, may have decided the time had come for payback. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real-Life Drama That Inspired Feud: Bette and Joan," 23 Feb. 2017 Blindspotting is thus laced with wordplay, at times spinning out into full-on freestyling, and this furnishes some of the most memorable moments in the film (including its ending). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 The Earth’s waters are laced with drugs—from prescription and over-the counter medications, to caffeine, to antibiotics from personal care products. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels," 20 June 2018 One of the most innovative and engaging dancers ever to lace up a tap shoe, Michelle Dorrance heads back to the Pillow with her troupe. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 More than a dozen flyers placed on Harris County Sheriff’s Office vehicles have tested negative for fentanyl after a sergeant was hospitalized earlier this week from touching a paper originally believed to be laced with the sometimes-deadly opioid. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "No fentanyl found in flyers left on Harris County Sheriff's Office vehicles," 29 June 2018 Ready to lace up and start enhancing all areas of your life? Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Invisible Benefits of Running," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Balogun is famously known as the market to buy African lace [and] Ankara. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Inside Nigeria Creative Week With Stylist Ade Samuel," 15 May 2019 Cuoco later changed into a lace Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit with Louise et Cie shoes and threw her hair into a ponytail for the reception. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Reveals She Underwent Shoulder Surgery on Honeymoon — 5 Days After Her Wedding," 5 July 2018 One is a cute lace teddy with a matching short robe, and the other is a silky chemise with a long, matching robe. Monique Judge, The Root, "For Grown Women Who Don’t Wear Lingerie but Decided to Buy Some Because Their Lover Is Into It," 2 May 2018 Note the laces tied as bows above the ankle — genius. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "All the Ways to Rock Converse To Prom," 5 Apr. 2018 The first thing to do is to remove the laces from the sneakers. Jolie Kerr, Esquire, "Yes, You Can Machine Wash Your Sneakers," 12 Aug. 2016 Actress Zoe Saldana stunned at the 2013 American Music Awards in a lace and satin one-shoulder gown from Roland Mouret's Spring 2014 collection. Amy Preiser, ELLE Decor, "Red Carpet Ideas To Steal: Zoe Saldana's Lace And Color Blocking," 2 Dec. 2013 Selena Gomez Selena opted for an all-white suit, complete with romantic lace sleeves and wide-leg trousers, for her performance alongside Cardi. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 2019 Selena took the stage in an all-white suit with frilly lace sleeves, keeping her hair long and loose, save for the pretty braid on the side of her head. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "Selena Gomez and Cardi B Teamed Up for a Surprise Coachella Performance," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of lace

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lace

Verb

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

Noun

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

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lace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

lace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lace (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cord or string used for tying or holding things together
: a very thin and light cloth made with patterns of holes

lace

verb
\ ˈlās How to pronounce lace (audio) \
laced; lacing

Kids Definition of lace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lace

noun

Kids Definition of lace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cord or string for pulling and holding together opposite edges (as of a shoe)
2 : a very delicate fabric made with patterns of holes

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