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Definition of lace verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lace
    he / she / it laces
    past simple laced
    -ing form lacing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to be fastened with lace; to fasten something with lace lace (up) She was wearing a dress that laced up at the side. lace something (up) He was sitting on the bed lacing up his shoes. see also lace-up
  2. 2[transitive] lace something to put a lace through the holes in a shoe, a boot, etc. related noun lace-up
  3. 3[transitive] lace something (with something) to add a small amount of alcohol, a drug, poison, etc. to a drink synonym spike He had laced her milk with rum.
  4. 4[transitive] lace something (with something) to add a particular quality to a book, speech, etc. Her conversation was laced with witty asides.
  5. 5[transitive] lace something to twist something together with another thing They sat with their fingers laced.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lace