lace

verb
\ ˈlās \
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 \ adjective
laceless \ ˈlās-​ləs \ adjective
lacelike \ ˈlās-​ˌlīk \ 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

To be fair, the snow in Newark is urine-colored and laced with heroin. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Cory Booker and Jeff Flake Had a Snowball Duel, and I Have Questions ... a lot of Questions," 22 Mar. 2018 Katie is a street name for a wide variety of drugs, all of which have been laced with bug repellent. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "What Is Katie? Drugs Mixed With Bug Spray Create Dangerous, Zombie-Like High," 21 Mar. 2018 With two outs, Bedgood stepped in to pinch hit and delivered his first career hit and RBI, lacing a two-run single on an 0-2 pitch into left field to tie the score at 5. NOLA.com, "Cal State Fullerton rallies to take series from Tulane baseball," 3 Mar. 2018 Within a few years, there were two instances of people either killing or attempting to kill their spouses by lacing common medicine with cyanide and then placing the laced pills back on store shelves in an effort to cover up the crime. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Needles in strawberries, cyanide in Tylenol: the long history of product tampering," 21 Sep. 2018 The basin covers a relatively small area with heterogeneous rocks that are frequently laced with faults, making drilling more expensive. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Chesapeake Energy, Fracking Pioneer, Bet on Oil. Then Prices Plunged," 1 Jan. 2019 And it is laced with elemental metaphors — fire, water, cold, heat — that make its story of desire, mystery, and destruction feel all the more visceral. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 The Koreas' 248-kilometer (155-mile) border is the world's most heavily fortified, with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed along a line that's laced with mines, barbed wire fences and anti-tank traps. Fox News, "South Korean president heads to North for summit with Kim," 18 Sep. 2018 Not only are cookbook recipes expertly conceived and developed, but the books themselves are laced with smart tips, relatable anecdotes, and gorgeous photos that can inspire even the most reluctant cook to get a little more excited about food. Christine Byrne, SELF, "The 16 Best Healthy Cookbooks of the Year," 20 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the evening's event, Storm wore a long, black gown covered in sequin that featured a detail of blue lace. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Wore Blue Eyeliner at the “InStyle” Awards," 24 Oct. 2018 There’s a Carmen-like toughness and autonomy to Balenciaga’s black laces, the spirit of Spain. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018 The intricate metallic gown was crafted from velvet lamé and lace, with mercury and stone embellishments throughout. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Wore Silver Givenchy to the 'A Star Is Born' Premiere, and It Will Slay You," 25 Sep. 2018 Lace the colored ribbon through the lace (or glue together). Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "10 DIY Dorm Decor Hacks That Even Lazy Girls Can Do," 19 June 2017 Queen Victoria, however, wished to show off the lace embroidery of her dress and requested it in white. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Brandy decided on a dress that looked more antique, with a very long lace train. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 And a pro styling tip: ballerina tie your laces above the ankle for a little something extra. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 Each member in the all-woman group looked stunning: Miranda opted for a black dress with lace detail on the top, Ashely went with an off-the-shoulder, black-and-white gown, and Angaleena donned a bright red sequined dress. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies Perform Divorce Anthem at the CMA Awards," 15 Nov. 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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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 \
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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