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

Outlaw briefly addressed the controversy surrounding the bureau’s message over Twitter, warning people that the bureau had information that milkshakes thrown during Saturday’s demonstrations were laced with cement. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s police chief calls for anti-mask law, different approach for violent protesters," 3 July 2019 Multiple sources speculate that Lovato’s overdose was the result of Oxycodone laced with fentanyl. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Demi Lovato's alleged drug dealer says the star knew the risks before her overdose," 27 Aug. 2018 But her bag was labeled Weetos Flamin' Hot and the chips were laced with THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gives users a high. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A 15-year-old shared her pot-laced chips at school. Now she could be expelled. | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Heavy rain inundates the pipes, causing overflows of millions of gallons of stormwater laced with sewage. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Sampling initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, 'How's the water, hon?'," 25 June 2019 More than 500 endangered vultures died in northern Botswana after feasting on elephant carcasses laced with poison, the country’s government announced last week. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Poachers’ Poison Kills 530 Endangered Vultures in Botswana," 25 June 2019 The first fentanyl-sales murder case the District Attorney’s Office brought was against a Poway man who sold oxycodone pills laced with the drug to a friend, who later overdosed and died in November 2016. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug rehab counselor charged with murder in Navy man’s fentanyl overdose death," 22 June 2019 The ringleader of a San Antonio pill mill that cranked out thousands of fake prescription pills laced with deadly fentanyl has pleaded guilty to drug and firearm charges. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Leader of deadly San Antonio opioid pill mill pleads guilty," 20 June 2019 Despite this latest development, whether or not alcohol laced with methanol was behind these mysterious and devastating deaths in the Dominican Republic still remains to be seen. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "Could Bootleg Alcohol Explain The Dominican Republic Deaths?," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Model Cara Delevingne embodied a bride with an image of Frankenstein's monster (stitches and all) on her black gown, worn with lace-up boots at the fall 2019 women's show in February. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Prada and Moschino Bring 'Frankenstein,' 'Dynasty' to Life in Campaigns," 8 July 2019 Both men had on nearly identical black lace-up dancing shoes with leather soles, their toes worn white and the heels cracked from use. Britt Peterson, Washington Post, "Can a waltz be a form of activism? Ask these same-gender ballroom dancers.," 8 July 2019 To help make the couple’s dream a reality, nurse case manager Ruth Miller spent the weekend sewing Gonzales’ wedding gown, adding thoughtful details such as brocade lace, which fit around the bride’s medical devices, Miller tells PEOPLE. Hilary Shenfeld, PEOPLE.com, "Dying Indiana Woman, 30, Weds Fiancé In Sweet Hospital Ceremony: 'I Got to Marry My Best Friend'," 26 June 2019 Yes, tuxedos themselves are finally getting an update—a little lace here, an embroidered bib there—but this year has been elevated by those who have ditched them altogether. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Men in ballgowns is this year’s best red-carpet trend," 10 June 2019 Note 31 reads, To lose the possibility of recognizing 2 similar objects—2 colors, 2 laces, 2 hats, 2 forms whatsoever—to reach the Impossibility of sufficient visual memory, to transfer from one like object to another the Memory imprint. Lewis Hyde, Harper's magazine, "Ars Oblivionalis," 10 June 2019 Bruges, Belgium Founded by Vikings, then developed into a medieval center of textile trade, the capital city of Bruges has shipped Belgian beer, delicate lace, and Flemish cloth down its romantic waterways for centuries. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 The khachkar would have shimmered as light and shadow played on its lace-like surface, making the deep-carved stone appear as opulent as the woodwork and stucco of great palaces. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, "Between Two Empires," 17 Jan. 2019 Gordon is squatting in the middle of the room in front of a strapless, white guipure-lace frock with black silk-mikado trim. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 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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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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