\ 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



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


lacer 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 My profanity laced interview with yet another loser informant has been published. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "‘Crossfire Typhoon’: George Papadopoulos denials about DNC hack were not relayed to FISA court," 9 Apr. 2020 Ranchers also lace cattle carcasses with poison to kill big cats in retaliation for attacking cattle. There are holes in many of the fragments that bear a striking resemblance to the lacing holes found in the remains of ancient shoes from a Roman excavation site in the UK, for example. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "All 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the Museum of the Bible are fakes," 23 Mar. 2020 The paper laced across treetops and marked the 23-mile path to the site. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A brief history of toilet paper in Anchorage," 16 Mar. 2020 Liu riffs on all these questions, plucking at them like superstrings laced through the collection. Sarah Fallon, Wired, "Parenting After the Singularity in Ken Liu’s The Hidden Girl," 25 Feb. 2020 The track laces together some of the album’s heaviest trap beats with lyrics describing wanting a relationship to last. All three of the men’s marathon medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics laced up a version of the shoe as well. By the 1920s, the days of selling milk contaminated with dangerous bacteria, diluted with water and then laced with plaster dust to restore color, were ending. Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Isabel Marant is known for her feminine French looks, ruffles, lace and florals. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Spring hasn’t been canceled at NorthPark, Highland Park Village and Neiman Marcus," 5 Mar. 2020 Select the right water temperature: Delicate fabrics like wool, silk, or lace work best in cold water. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Checklist for How Often You Should Wash Clothes, Linens, and Everything Else," 7 Apr. 2020 Brass eyelets and cotton herringbone laces are the perfect finishing touches. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, "The New Rifle Paper Co. and Keds Collaboration Will Put A Spring in Your Step," 3 Apr. 2020 Ideal for breezy summer days, the floral pattern is also plenty cheerful, while the peekaboo lace shoulders provide for an effortlessly feminine touch. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Neiman Marcus is offering a steep discount on Longchamp, Ted Baker, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 The platform was borne by older women in red skirts and dainty lace headscarves. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020 So far, California is the only jurisdiction with an official lichen (lace lichen, chosen in 2015). When lace bugs eat bur oak leaves, their chemical composition changes. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Bugs, hares, and other unexpected animals that control wild fires," 9 Mar. 2020 The collection also features the classic 1460 boot in junior, infant, toddler, and youth sizes; as well as some cute socks and laces . Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The Dr. Martens x Hello Kitty Collection Is Finally Here," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lace


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lace


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


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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“Lace.” waleadership.com Dictionary2020欧洲杯滚球, Merriam-Webster, http://waleadership.com/dictionary/lace. Accessed 12 May. 2020.

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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)



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


\ 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.



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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