Definition of lace verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lace

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French laz, las (noun), lacier (verb), based on Latin laqueus ‘noose’ (also an early sense in English). Compare with lasso.Extra examples I laced my walking boots up tightly. Irene’s voice was heavily laced with irony. The chocolates had been laced with arsenic.
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