lace

verb
\ˈlās \
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 \ adjective
laceless \ˈlās-ləs \ adjective
lacelike \ˈlās-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for lace

Synonyms: Verb

adulterate, cut, dilute, extend, sophisticate, thin, water down, weaken

Synonyms: Noun

cable, cord, lacing, line, rope, string, wire

Antonyms: Verb

enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen

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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

Coconut appealingly weaves itself throughout the treat from the warm sticky grains laced with coconut milk to the coconut gelato that pools overtop. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice," 30 Apr. 2018 This week our favorite style stars turned out looks in everything from leather to lace to sequins and satin. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "#TheLIST Best Dressed: April 20, 2018," 20 Apr. 2018 Even if producers often hire consultants down the line to try to lace these things with some sort of authenticity, in most cases, the train’s already left the station. Jonny Coleman, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why the Hell Can’t Hollywood Make a Decent Music Festival Movie?," 11 Apr. 2018 For those who love it like Fraser and Lofgren and their counterparts Friday night, that's more than enough to put a fresh grip on the racquet and lace those sneakers up high and tight. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton, Little Miami grads team up and take men's Met doubles championship," 13 July 2018 Gurriel laced the third to right field, scoring Altuve and Bregman to pare the deficit to four. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 The movie laces all of these complications with its typical sly sense of humor and a love for big, ridiculous moments. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The folks behind Ant-Man and the Wasp on why Marvel doesn’t always have to save the world," 5 July 2018 Fast forward a year later, and Balor, 36, finally has the chance to achieve a lifelong dream of lacing up the boots at the biggest wrestling show of the year. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "Finn Balor pumped for Intercontinental title match at WrestleMania 34," 7 Apr. 2018 Imagine gathering 15 of your friends, lacing up a whole bunch of ice skates and demanding everyone to do the same thing at the same time with the precision of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego native trades beach for ice skates to join Team Austria," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prince Louis will wear the same christening gown used for George and Charlotte, which is a copy of the lace and satin dress made for Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841, Daily Mail reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Prince Louis to be christened; godparents announced," 9 July 2018 Russia’s underpinnings industry is developing slowly by comparison, still focused on fussy lace and rigid wires. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 The gown had been inspired by the Queen's own wedding dress, and was made from white silk with a handmade lace overlay. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Louis's Christening Dress Has a Fascinating History," 9 July 2018 Available July 21, the new Air Jordan 1 features a zipper instead of laces, and comes in red or white. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "We Regret to Inform You That Anna Wintour Is Now a Hypebeast," 12 July 2018 My mother has an eye for linens and lace, crystal and silver. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Janet Sutherland rose to the occasion, crafting a long, flowing gown inspired by the monarch's wedding dress using Spitalfields silk and Honiton lace, the Telegraph reports. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Louis and Prince George Wore a Different Christening Gown Than Prince William," 9 July 2018 The shoe is wide, but the thick tongue, flat laces, and padded heel collar make casual runs a dream. Justin Nyberg, Outside Online, "The Best Trail Running Shoes of 2018," 3 July 2018 Gomez wears dark ethereal lace, blends leather and shearling with romantic ruffles, and sports a studded choker alongside a fringed, embroidered bag. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Stars in Gorgeous Coach Campaign for Fall 2018," 2 July 2018

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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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The first known use of lace was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for lace

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 \
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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