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 intohis 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 On Sundays at State Farm Stadium, Peterson would lace up his cleats and take the field with the Arizona Cardinals. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "'We were really blown away': Patrick Peterson uses off day to give back ahead of Week One," 11 Sep. 2020 One common problem is its susceptibility to lace bug damage. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Salvias and lantanas are heat lovers great for San Antonio gardens," 6 Aug. 2020 Arrive early, lace up your shoes and explore the parks. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Some summer events are too good to cancel: Valley Views," 6 July 2020 The 21-day trek is, first and foremost, an invitation for Black women and allies to lace up their sneakers and go for a walk. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "The GirlTrek Bootcamp Uses Black History to Illustrate Black Joy," 10 July 2020 Participants can lace up their running shoes and complete the race at their convenience anytime between July 15 and July 31. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Lace up your running shoes for LakewoodAlive’s Virtual Meltdown 5K, Family Fun Run/Walk: A Place in the Sun," 30 June 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My marker for finding a good clothing deal is always material and this dress looks far more luxe than the price would suggest in crepe de chine and lace. Willow Lindley, Vogue, "Feels Like a Steal: A Wear in, Wear Out Dress for a Price You Can’t Beat," 18 Sep. 2020 For a more full-coverage fit, check out these Spanx Undie-tectable lace hi-hipster panties, which have a 4.1-star review from close to 600 customers. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Cozy bras and celeb-approved underwear are seriously discounted at Nordstrom right now," 12 Aug. 2020 For a little romance in your loungewear, this extremely chic set comes with lace detailing on the shoulders and hem of the capri pants. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "30 cute loungewear pieces under $30 on Amazon," 5 Aug. 2020 The tops have scalloped lace trim at the neckline and sleeves with racerback styling. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Macy’s flash sale offers up to 65 percent off men’s, women’s inventory - today only," 4 Aug. 2020 That meant snapping super-closeup pictures with their phones and a magnifying glass and uploading them to an app that uses AI algorithms to identify plants ranging from the ordinary Queen Anne’s lace to the ultrarare Pitcher’s thistle. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "How to Do Scientific Field Work When You Can’t Get to the Right Field," 3 Sep. 2020 Masks of the floral, tie-dye, lace, and leopard-print variety also appear to magically coordinate with their outfits. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "19 Celebrity Face Masks You Can Shop Right Now," 2 Sep. 2020 Nash wore a white lace gown, while Betts dressed in a cream suit with no jacket. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "Actress Niecy Nash announces surprise marriage to Singer Jessica Betts," 31 Aug. 2020 The white stippling on leaf upper side and dark tar spots underneath indicate lace bugs are causing the damage. oregonlive, "Mushrooms in lawn worry new puppy owner: Ask an expert," 30 Aug. 2020

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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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lace. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for lace

lace

verb
How to pronounce lace (audio)

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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