- 1[intransitive, transitive] to be fastened with laces; to fasten something with laces 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[transitive] lace something to put a lace through the holes in a shoe, a boot, etc. related noun lace-up
- 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[transitive] lace something (with something) to add a particular quality to a book, speech, etc. Her conversation was laced with witty asides.
- 5[transitive] lace something to twist something together with another thing They sat with their fingers laced. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French laz, las (noun), lacier (verb), based on Latin laqueus
BrE BrE//leɪs//; NAmE NAmE//leɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lace
BrE BrE//leɪs//; NAmE NAmE//leɪs//he / she / it laces
BrE BrE//ˈleɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪsɪz//past simple laced
BrE BrE//leɪst//; NAmE NAmE//leɪst//past participle laced
BrE BrE//leɪst//; NAmE NAmE//leɪst//-ing form lacing
BrE BrE//ˈleɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪsɪŋ//