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

One of the most innovative and engaging dancers ever to lace up a tap shoe, Michelle Dorrance heads back to the Pillow with her troupe. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 More than a dozen flyers placed on Harris County Sheriff’s Office vehicles have tested negative for fentanyl after a sergeant was hospitalized earlier this week from touching a paper originally believed to be laced with the sometimes-deadly opioid. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "No fentanyl found in flyers left on Harris County Sheriff's Office vehicles," 29 June 2018 Ready to lace up and start enhancing all areas of your life? Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Invisible Benefits of Running," 19 June 2018 The effort comes after public health officials reported that four people have died in recent weeks after using synthetic cannabinoids believed to be laced with rat poison. Monique Garcia, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois lawmakers weigh ban on all formulas of synthetic pot after deaths," 10 May 2018 The girl told the man what happened and police say the man handed the girl a cookie believed to be laced with a drug, Channel 2 reported. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Teen drugged, kidnapped and raped; suspect sought," 10 May 2018 During the 1992 playoffs, Mario Lemieux's back was so bad, the equipment man had to lace his skates. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Cut faces, broken bones, frayed ACLs: Injuries don't slow down players in NHL playoffs," 4 May 2018 Next year, Kaukauna's Jordan McCabe will become the first West Virginia recruit out of the state of Wisconsin to lace up for the Mountaineers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 Sergeant Silva thanks the Army's 1st Infantry Division with teaching him how to lace his boots up and go to work. courant.com, "Robert Edward Silva," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Selena Gomez Selena opted for an all-white suit, complete with romantic lace sleeves and wide-leg trousers, for her performance alongside Cardi. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 2019 Selena took the stage in an all-white suit with frilly lace sleeves, keeping her hair long and loose, save for the pretty braid on the side of her head. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "Selena Gomez and Cardi B Teamed Up for a Surprise Coachella Performance," 13 Apr. 2019 The Big Little Lies actress opted for an intricate Christopher Kane dress with black, billowy lace sleeves and a silver sequined skirt. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everyone Is Talking About Nicole Kidman's Racy Dress at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 2019 Bonus tip: Try wearing your sneakers without laces for a more ~formal~ lewk. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Spice Up Your Prom Look For Any and Every Theme Imaginable," 27 Mar. 2019 Kate's Alexander McQueen gown was super traditional with a high neck and lace sleeves while Meghan's Givenchy boatneck style dress was more modern and sleek. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle in a Peter Pilotto Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 The dress highlighted Middleton’s tiny waist and slender frame, with a V-neck top and delicate lace sleeves. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "10 Incredible Royal Wedding Dresses That Aren’t Meghan Markle’s," 17 May 2018 Kendall, meanwhile, wore a black turtleneck top with lace sleeves. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "New Mom Kylie Jenner Has a Girls' Night Out with BFF Jordyn and Sisters Kourtney and Kendall," 23 Mar. 2018 For a special nod to his bride, inside the lapel of the tuxedo, Nick added a small piece of lace from Priyanka's dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Ralph Lauren Wedding Veil Was 75 Feet Long," 4 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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