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

Between the Archie's prison fight club, Jughead's potentially poison-laced Gryfons & Gargoyles initiation, and all of the Farm madness (which may or may not be connected to G+G??), things were pretty bleak in Riverdale on Wednesday. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Including Jughead's dark suit, which may be hiding a sinister message.," 26 Oct. 2018 What matters to me is that nearly all of these stories are laced with a compliment of his character. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' defense, Royals' place, Vick's surprise & the Sam Mellinger I never met," 3 July 2018 Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate skin and eyes and cause breathing problems. Caleb Jones And Audrey Mcavoy, chicagotribune.com, "Toxic steam cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over the ocean," 21 May 2018 Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irrigate the skin and eyes and cause breathing problems. CBS News, "Lava from Hawaii volcano oozes into ocean, creating new toxic hazard," 21 May 2018 Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate skin and eyes and cause breathing problems. Caleb Jones, BostonGlobe.com, "Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean," 21 May 2018 Authorities there believe the synthetic marijuana was laced with rat poison, which had the affect of taking high doses of blood thinners, Anderson said. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported," 5 Apr. 2018 Some people think the Xannies he'd been sold were laced with Fentanyl. John Jeremiah Sullivan, GQ, "In Memoriam: Lil Peep," 28 Jan. 2018 Absurdist and laced with social commentary, the play featured elements that would eventually become hallmarks of Fornés’s work: nontraditional plot structure and a surrealist take on everyday problems. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "María Irene Fornés, the Cuban Playwright Who Changed Theater, Dies at 88," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the image, she is seen sitting on the edge of a bed wearing a light pink bodysuit, lace-up pink stilettos and a pair of black and pink butterfly wings attached to her back. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Dressed Like a Giant Pink Butterfly for Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 Pick skater shoes instead of lace-ups and a shoulder bag with metallic accents. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Leggings to Work This Fall," 28 Aug. 2018 The new collection, which is on sale now starting at $55, includes three lace-up styles—including a pair of high tops—in Rifle Paper Co.'s popular Queen Anne pattern in metallic gold with either a black or white background. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "Rifle Paper Co. Just Released a Brand New Collection of Sneakers With Keds," 14 Aug. 2017 While pals Victoria Monet and Talya Parx were in white pantsuits, Ari rocked a white mini-dress with a lace coat and thigh-high white boots. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Performs "Thank U, Next" In a Wedding Dress on *The Ellen Degeneres Show," 7 Nov. 2018 The beauty mogul dressed in a skin-tight pink leotard and matching lace up heels, embellished with small butterflies. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Twinned as Pink Butterflies for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Interestingly, both opted to wear navy blue for the occasion, with Davy stepping out in a demure high-neck dress with lace detail, while Bonas opted for a bold black and blue print with contrasting red heels. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriends Chelsea Davy and Cressida Bonas Arrive at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank," 12 Oct. 2018 This new lace-free, pull-on design out of Portland offers the function of a work shoe with serious style and comfort. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "5 fall boots for rain and shine," 8 Oct. 2018 The alternative design featured a more pronounced V-neck with similar ruffles as the original, but lacked the signature lace down the front. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Duplicate Royal Wedding Dresses," 20 Sep. 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 \
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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