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 lace (audio) \ adjective
laceless \ ˈlās-​ləs How to pronounce lace (audio) \ adjective
lacelike \ ˈlās-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lace (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 In sports, athletes may deliberately lace up their shoes in the same order every time; in yoga, some practices have practitioners do the same movements in the same sequence every single session. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, "Why Astronauts on SpaceX Rockets Ride A Tesla To The Launch Pad," 19 Apr. 2021 To experience just how close Salt Lake City is to the great outdoors, lace up your hiking shoes and head uphill to the Utah State Capitol building. Jeremy Pugh, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Weekend Guide: Hiking, Wildlife, and Mile-High Biscuits in Salt Lake City," 23 Mar. 2021 Leather jackets cut into blazers or trenches, oversized button-ups, lace up boots, mary jane flats, and embroidered knits are among the things that look really great with jeans right now. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Break Your at-Home Style Rut With These Refreshing Spring Outfit Ideas," 12 Mar. 2021 Even in non-pandemic times, the benefits of running have persuaded many beginners to lace up and hit the streets, trails, and tracks. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, "13 Benefits of Running That Will Make You Want to Log Some Miles," 16 Mar. 2021 Take a look at our picks for the best basketball backpacks below and don’t forget to lace up your sneakers. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Basketball Backpack," 5 Mar. 2021 There are as many answers as there are Angelenos who lace up boots and hit trails. Los Angeles Times, "A guide to hiking in L.A.," 11 Mar. 2021 Water distribution sites began to lace the city, and fire stations made available non-potable water for residents. Sarah Haselhorst, USA TODAY, "Mississippi's capital city enters week 4 of a water crisis: Here's how it got to this point," 9 Mar. 2021 While hiking shoes are cut beneath the ankle, hiking boots lace higher up your shin. Outdoor Life, "Best Men’s Hiking Shoes: Essential Hiking Gear for Guys," 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In styles reminiscent of Bottega Veneta’s 2019 Knot Ankle-Tie Sandal and FENTY x Amina Muaddi’s 2020 Caged In Sandal, more everyday-friendly styles have hit the market from mules to lace-up ankles. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "7 Shoe Trends To Keep Your Eye On For Spring 2021," 27 Apr. 2021 The train remains the longest in royal history and features a fitted bodice with both front and back panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that had originally belonged to Queen Mary, Charles's great-grandmother. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Diana’s Iconic Wedding Dress to Be Displayed at Kensington Palace in New Royal Exhibit," 26 Apr. 2021 Minimalist in silhouette, these longline looks can be paired with any of your favorite spring accessories, from lace-up sandals to ballet flats, sculptural statement jewelry to your top handle day bags. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Tunic-Trouser Pairing is the Key to Effortlessly Elegant Spring Style," 21 Apr. 2021 Ahead, check out our favourite pieces from the collection, from low-slung, baggy trousers and cold-shoulder tops to lace-up clogs and statement jewelry. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Zara’s New Collection Features Spring’s Top Colours & Prints," 19 Mar. 2021 Some years after that, Phillips’s blue lace-up dress was an inspiration for an Anna Sui collection. Julie Hoangmy Ho, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Anya Phillips, Fashion Influencer in New York’s Punk Scene," 12 Nov. 2020 Photographed in Liverpool, England, the actress dressed aptly for the part in a belted leather coat, matching fascinator, fishnet tights, and lace-up knee-high boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zoë Kravitz Wraps Up in Leather as Selina Kyle, A.K.A. Catwoman, in a New Batman Photo," 12 Oct. 2020 Steveson quickly took Gwiazdowski down for two points, then added a leg lace for two more. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "Gable Steveson dominates his way to U.S. Olympic team at heavyweight," 3 Apr. 2021 Frilly, feathery fronds look similar to dill and remind me of a delicate lace. Washington Post, "How to embrace fennel and add its subtle sweetness to your cooking," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for lace

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

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30 Apr 2021

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“Lace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lace. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 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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