March 03, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
lace /ˈleɪs/ verb

laces; laced; lacing

A small boy lacing his shoes
A small boy lacing his shoes
Learner's definition of LACE

1 a [+ object] : to pull a lace through the holes of (a shoe, boot, etc.)

  • She was lacing (up) her shoes.

1 b [no object] : to be tied or fastened with a lace

  • a dress that laces in the back

1 c [+ object] : INTERLACE, INTERTWINE

  • She laced her fingers (together) behind her head.

2 a [+ object] : to add a small amount of a powerful substance (such as alcohol, a drug, or a poison) to (something, such as a drink) — usually + with

  • Someone had laced the punch with brandy.

  • The pills had been laced with poison.

2 b [+ object] : to add something that gives flavor or interest to (something) — usually used as (be) laced with

  • a sauce laced with garlic [=a sauce that has had garlic added to it]

  • conversation laced with sarcasm

  • Her reports were often laced with witty humor.

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