lace ( laces plural & 3rd person present) ( lacing present participle) ( laced past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Lace is a very delicate cloth which is made with a lot of holes in it. It is made by twisting together very fine threads of cotton to form patterns.
...a plain white lace bedspread.
2 n-count Laces are thin pieces of material that are put through special holes in some types of clothing, especially shoes. The laces are tied together in order to tighten the clothing.
Barry was sitting on the bed, tying the laces of an old pair of running shoes.
3 verb If you lace something such as a pair of shoes, you tighten the shoes by pulling the laces through the holes, and usually tying them together.
I have a good pair of skates, but no matter how tightly I lace them, my ankles wobble. V n
Lace up means the same as lace., phrasal verb
He sat on the steps, and laced up his boots... V P n (not pron)
Nancy was lacing her shoe up when the doorbell rang. V n P
4 verb To lace food or drink with a substance such as alcohol or a drug means to put a small amount of the substance into the food or drink. She laced his food with sleeping pills. V n with n lace up →
The form lace-up is used as a modifier.
Lace-ups are shoes which are fastened with laces.
Slip-on shoes are easier to put on than lace-ups..., He was wearing black lace-up shoes.
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