lace

[ leys ]
/ leɪs /

noun

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

verb (used without object), laced, lac·ing.

to be fastened with a lace: These shoes lace up the side.
to attack physically or verbally (often followed by into): The teacher laced into his students.

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Origin of lace

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, las ≪ Latin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap

OTHER WORDS FROM lace

lace·like, adjectivelac·er, nounre·lace, verb, re·laced, re·lac·ing.well-laced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for relace

lace
/ (leɪs) /

noun

verb

See also lace into, lace up

Derived forms of lace

lacelike, adjectivelacer, noun

Word Origin for lace

C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose
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