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

Expressways and Tolls Most of Europe is laced with freeways. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves' guide to driving in Europe: Conquer your fear of the roundabout," 11 June 2019 His comments were laced with lessons learned from his own pet pooch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Customer experience is enhanced with Lindsey Vonn and kittens at San Diego confab," 7 June 2019 The ground is laced with tracks from past visitors. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 2019 While eating in the tepee in the village his legs were suddenly laced with pain. David Treuer, Harper's magazine, "2020 Vision," 10 Jan. 2019 The complex was laced with tunnels connecting the buildings and leading outside the compound. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries," 13 Aug. 2018 The memo is laced with personal attacks on people who Suarez alleges acted illegally or unethically during his prosecution. Washington Post, "Convicted Republican businessman’s company targets Democrats," 20 June 2018 First, Kardashian had to be laced into a corseted bodysuit that was custom made by Mr. Pearl, widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost corset maker. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "See Kim Kardashian West Get Fitted for Her Waist-Snatching Met Gala Look," 7 May 2019 Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Washington Post, "Snow, ice warnings remain for travelers in Britain," 3 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Schwarzenegger revealed the first of her wedding day looks in the post shared Sunday, a strapless, bright white column gown with sweetheart neckline softened with lace. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Katherine Schwarzenegger's second wedding dress revealed in new photos," 12 June 2019 Not far away, police found the teal skirt with white lace that Elizabeth had been wearing buried beneath dirt and bark. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah," 6 June 2019 The actress sported a skirt set made with rich black leather and scrunched sleeves, along with a matching mini with a peekaboo white lace trim. Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny Perfects the Downtown Slingback," 30 Apr. 2019 The game plan: Grab a glass of wine, slip into something with lace or silk, and devote the day to self-care. Talia Abbas, SELF, "19 Valentine’s Day Lingerie Looks You Should Wear This Feb. 14 Because You Love Your Damn Self," 6 Feb. 2019 And my best friend in my head, Oprah Winfrey, was perfectly church lady chic in a blush — also known as millennial pink — dress with lace trim. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Royal wedding fashion: Meghan Markle sparkles in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 May 2018 The bodice was decorated with lace that once belonged to Queen Mary. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, look back on past royal wedding dresses," 17 May 2018 Couples would wake up to a flashlight in their faces and the intruder would bind them up with shoe laces or curtain cords. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "In the Golden State Killer's path, terror still runs deep," 6 May 2018 Pair your blooms with your favorite hardcover books and consider dressing up your vessels with antique lace. Sunset, "11 Creative Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas," 22 Jan. 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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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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