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lace

verb \ ˈlās \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of lace

laced; lacing
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
4 a : 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
6 a : 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

lacer

noun

Examples of lace in a Sentence

  1. a dress that laces in the back

  2. the gardener laced the shoots of ivy around the trellis to direct their growth

Recent Examples of lace from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lace

Middle English, from Anglo-French lacer, from Latin laqueare to ensnare, from laqueus


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lace

noun

Definition of lace

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

laced

play \ˈlāst\ adjective

laceless

play \ˈlās-ləs\ adjective

lacelike

play \ˈlās-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of lace in a Sentence

  1. I need new laces for these shoes.

  2. She wore lace on her wedding gown.

Recent Examples of lace from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lace.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of lace

Middle English, from Anglo-French lace, laz, from Latin laqueus snare

lace Synonyms


LACE Defined for English Language Learners

lace

verb

Definition of lace for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of lace for English Language Learners

  • : a cord or string used for tying or holding things together

  • : a very thin and light cloth made with patterns of holes


LACE Defined for Kids

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lace

verb \ ˈlās \

Definition of lace for Students

laced; lacing
: to fasten or join with or as if with a cord or string
  • Lace your shoes.

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lace

noun

Definition of lace for Students

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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