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 lace (audio) \ adjective
laceless \ ˈlās-​ləs How to pronounce lace (audio) \ adjective
lacelike \ ˈlās-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lace (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 So grab your favorite butterfly clips, lace up your Converse, and put on your best '90s mix CD because the final episode of Cruel Summer will keep you guessing all the way up to the very last moment. Ew Staff, EW.com, 15 June 2021 Advocates vow to lace the North Woods with a network of forest pathways from the Iron Range to International Falls and the North Shore. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 The sandals are like little puffer coats for the feet, with bulbous, sculptural straps that lace around the calves. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 24 May 2021 But Bay Area runners are eager to lace up their shoes and get back on the race course with others. Meghan Bobrowsky, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2021 In sports, athletes may deliberately lace up their shoes in the same order every time; in yoga, some practices have practitioners do the same movements in the same sequence every single session. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 To experience just how close Salt Lake City is to the great outdoors, lace up your hiking shoes and head uphill to the Utah State Capitol building. Jeremy Pugh, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Mar. 2021 Leather jackets cut into blazers or trenches, oversized button-ups, lace up boots, mary jane flats, and embroidered knits are among the things that look really great with jeans right now. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2021 Even in non-pandemic times, the benefits of running have persuaded many beginners to lace up and hit the streets, trails, and tracks. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among Black people, there’s an ongoing argument that it may have been eclipsed by the lace-front wig. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Dressed in a stunning red lace dress and wide brim hat, Franke said she was thrilled to have a good reason to dress up and wear something other than yoga pants. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2021 In an Instagram post, Owen revealed that Bell's new eye-skimming fringe is actually a faux fringe, the work of a clever wig known as a lace-front piece. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 12 Apr. 2021 My first fashion heel to debut on my page: none other than the infamous Jeffrey Campbell Lita platform lace-up ankle boots. Naomi Elizée, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Rothy’s senior vice president, Chris Hull, hopes the driving loafers and sneakers will be viewed as a step up from house shoes and athletic sneakers worn during the pandemic but not as severe as lace-up dress shoes. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 19 May 2021 The very first style was a lace-up canvas deck shoe known as the Style 44. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Though not as diverse and popular, TOMS footwear collection also includes lace-up sneakers for active users, with a flat outsole and canvas upper. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2021 These sturdy lace-up boots look great with jeans on a night out but cope equally well on rough terrain hikes. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 26 Feb. 2021

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

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17 Jun 2021

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“Lace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lace. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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