[ en-leys ]
/ ɛnˈleɪs /

verb (used with object), en·laced, en·lac·ing.

to interlace; intertwine: to enlace strands of rope.
to bind or encircle with or as with a lace or cord: Vines enlaced the tree.
Also inlace.

Origin of enlace

1325–75; Middle English enlacen < Old French enlacier. See en-1, lace
Related formsen·lace·ment, noun
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/ (ɪnˈleɪs) /

verb (tr)

to bind or encircle with or as with laces
to entangle; intertwine
Derived Formsenlacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for enlace



late 14c., from Old French enlacer, from Late Latin *inlaciare, from in- + *lacius, from Latin laqueus "noose" (see lace (n.)). Related: Enlaced; enlacing.

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