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 The comments were laced in kerosene, the kind of inflammatory words that could light up a group text among Spartans football players. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Long an agitator, Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh showers rival Mark Dantonio with praise," 12 Nov. 2019 Officers checked the child's candy and found a red gummy fish similar to marijuana edibles that can be laced with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Yuma police say suspicious Halloween candy did not contain harmful drugs," 5 Nov. 2019 There are environmental costs to desalination as well: in the emissions of greenhouse gases from the large amount of energy used, and in the disposal of the brine, which in addition to being extremely salty is laced with toxic treatment chemicals. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?," 22 Oct. 2019 Nike first introduced power lacing in 2016 with the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Nine Basketball Sneakers That Defined the Past Decade," 20 Sep. 2019 According to prosecutors, trial testimony and public records, Boulis sold the SunCruz fleet in late 2000 to a business partnership in a deal that was laced with fraud. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Retrial coming for alleged mastermind of Gus Boulis murder," 5 Sep. 2019 Nor did an extended attack on Democratic leaders of urban areas, which Trump has laced into in recent days as part of his incendiary broadsides against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the majority-black city of Baltimore. Jonathan Lemire And Dan Sewell, chicagotribune.com, "At Cincinnati rally, Trump tears into Democratic foils, decries ‘wasted money’ on inner cities," 1 Aug. 2019 The video also gives a peek at the movie’s preproduction process, with Kruger and Chastain at a gun range and Fan and Nyong’o laced up in boxing gloves. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Jessica Chastain shares first look at her female-led spy thriller 355," 8 July 2019 With 57 ticks left, the senior laced in a 3-pointer from the right wing to close things out. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Fast finish lifts Metlakatla Chiefs to 2A boys basketball crown," 18 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thanks to the Erie Canal, New York was booming in 1825 when Stewart invested his small inheritance in lace and other fripperies for women’s clothing. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "5 New York Buildings That Changed American History," 31 Oct. 2019 For the ceremony, Baldwin walked down the aisle in a lace off-the-shoulder, long-sleeve Off-White wedding dress with mermaid-style skirt and long, sheer veil that featured designer Virgil Abhol’s signature block lettering. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Vera Wang Talks Designing Hailey Baldwin's Wedding Reception Dress: 'I Adore Her Style'," 24 Oct. 2019 Terrace balconies adorned in lace-like wrought ironwork extend from the home’s second story. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Legendary Bel-Air estate Casa Encantada lists for the highest price in America: $225 million," 16 Oct. 2019 The bride walked down the aisle in an off-the-shoulder lace Off-White dress by Virgil Abloh, before switching into not one but two other dresses, the last of which was Ralph and Russo. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "All the Details Behind Hailey Bieber’s Vera Wang Wedding Reception Dress," 13 Oct. 2019 Look, too, for long bell sleeves, sleeves with splits, sleeves in contrasting colors, sleeves with ruffles at the shoulder, puffed sleeves in sheer lace or netting, billowing peasant blouse sleeves and more. Nancy Schoeffler, courant.com, "What fashion designers have up their sleeves for fall," 15 July 2019 In the meantime, lace up your shoes and get your training schedule in order. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown of Running may be over. What does that mean for Louisville races," 27 Apr. 2019 Other items include mesh, high-waisted briefs, red briefs accented with black ties, and a lilac bra covered in black lace. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Playful Promises and Gabi Fresh Created Another Size-Inclusive Lingerie Line," 18 Apr. 2019 After the war, Madame d’Ora began finding new and unlikely inspiration in Paris slaughterhouses, trading in the lace and plumage of her day job for blood and guts. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 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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16 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for lace

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

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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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