lace

1 of 2

verb

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 hamletsL. 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

lace

2 of 2

noun

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 adjective
laceless adjective
lacelike adjective

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
But with its high death rate, why would drug dealers lace drugs with fentanyl, effectively killing off their potential customers? Victor Ordonez, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2023 Whatever incarnation Sundance takes, Hollywood will lace up their snow boots and make the trek to Park City. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2023 Even among the many great backs who would lace up for USC during the past half century, White stood alone. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Males are attracted to the sight of eggs, and females lace the eggs with a chemical that transforms the males into aggressive brutes. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2011 Head over to Callahan’s Bowl-a-Rama in Newington to lace up your shoes and get ready to strike. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 11 Jan. 2023 Spring is in the air and with nicer weather ahead, lots of folks are eager to get back outside and lace up their running shoes. Melissa Whatley, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2022 Your toddler will love pulling the pipe cleaners out and trying to lace them through again, which helps strengthen hands and work on the pincer grasp. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 28 Dec. 2022 Instead, scientists lace them with lithium chloride, a harmless chemical that produces extreme nausea. Bethany Brookshire, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022
Noun
Many wore romantic wedding dresses with long lace sleeves or wraps—and one even wore boots down the aisle. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Feb. 2023 The country legend brought the best of country attire (spangles, lace, fringe and big hair) for her Grammys debut in 1986. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2023 The actress also wore a white lace lingerie nightgown with silver hoop earrings–which completed the look. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 31 Jan. 2023 The lace did show some signs of wear after extensive laundering. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2023 The maestro took the humble rhombus and elevated it by quilting them into velvet jackets and silk dresses, embellishing them with crystals that adorned eveningwear and as lace detailing on skirt hems. Samantha Tse, CNN, 30 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, Winfrey wore a glamorous bronze suit entirely covered in sequins with a white shirt trimmed with lace and diamond earrings. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Jan. 2023 It’s here that more than 100 employees cut, sew, lace, and inflate 4,000 footballs every day from U.S.-sourced materials. Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2023 The statue even displays the late Supreme Court Justice’s signature lace collar. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near lace

Cite this Entry

“Lace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lace. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

lace

1 of 2 verb
laced; lacing
1
: to fasten or join with or as if with a lace
laced her shoes
2
: to adorn with or as if with lace
3
: intertwine, thread
lace the ribbon through the holes
4

lace

2 of 2 noun
1
: a cord or string for drawing together two edges (as of a shoe)
2
: an ornamental braid for trimming coats or uniforms
3
: a fine open-worked fabric of thread or cord used chiefly for ornament of dress
laced adjective
lacelike adjective

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