\ 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 intohis boss laced into him for being late



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


lacer 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 When bass drop back to the creek and river channels that lace the bottoms of impoundments, fishing gets tough for those who insist on casting to the bank. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Fish Creek Channels for Summer Bass," 9 June 2020 The park, some 43 square miles of mountainous terrain, includes famous hot springs, forests laced with hiking trails, and subtropical climatic zones. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "Taipei Is Home to the World’s First Urban Quiet Park," 2 June 2020 They frequent slow-moving rivers and deep reservoirs laced with channels. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 An Alabama woman faces up to a decade in prison if convicted of endangering her child, who found and ate candy laced with THC, a chemical found in marijuana, the authorities said. Ashley Remkus |, al, "5-year-old Alabama boy eats THC candy, police say; mother arrested," 21 May 2020 They frequent slow-moving rivers and deep reservoirs laced with channels. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Catching Your First Fish," 11 May 2020 Their artifacts represented powerful imagery laced with anxieties and fear of the pandemic invading homes. USA Today, "A professor gives a challenging assignment; his students' responses move him to tears," 24 Apr. 2020 The country’s nearly 120 million ruminant animals, increasingly being fed a diet of grains laced with hormones and antibiotics, were concentrated into industrialized feeding operations. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 These tracks, collected on the Nasarati mixtape, are full of expletive-laced boasts about smackdowns, diamonds and luxury cars. Joe Levy, Billboard, "How Lil Nas X Sees His Future After 'Old Town Road'," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Right now, the designer headbands are on sale in a few prints and materials including faux leather, leopard, and floral lace. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 celebrity-loved things you can buy on sale at Amazon right now," 24 June 2020 The bride carried white lace-cap hydrangeas, mini carnations, ranunculus and peonies. oregonlive, "It’s American Flowers Week and you’re invited to celebrate the blooming fun," 24 June 2020 But this online Steve Madden shoe sale also has must-haves for the colder months, including lace-up boots and slip-on loafers. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale: Best deals on shoes," 24 June 2020 To wear bras with lace and without flowers, to buy a vibrator, to be grateful, all in all, that she had never been fingered by a teenage boy. Clare Sestanovich, Harper's Magazine, "Annunciation," 23 June 2020 The response from Western museums and the BDG has been disparate, ranging from examples of unconditional restitution and repatriations to a lace of engagement with African communities. Sylvester Ogbechie, Quartz Africa, "How to bring Africa’s artifacts back home from Europe’s museums," 14 June 2020 Out-of-work wrestlers make masks mimicking sparkly, lace-up ones worn in the ring. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Face masks unleash creativity: ‘You can be part of the bigger story’," 3 June 2020 In the first of what’s promised to be many campaigns of the summer, Megan can be seen sporting a sunshine yellow longline lace bra paired with an itty bitty matching thong. Eliza Huber,, "Rihanna Taps Megan Thee Stallion To Be Savage X Fenty’s Brand Ambassador," 21 May 2020 Designed with a lace bodice, mesh lining, and breathable fabric, this figure-flattering option from Nike should top every fitness enthusiast's wishlist. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "Why I'll Only Wear Exercise Dresses to Work Out This Summer," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of lace


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lace


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


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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16 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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)



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


\ 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.



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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