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verb     lace pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelacing
past tenselaced
past participlelaced
  1. 1



    lace up

    [transitive] to tie your shoes, or to fasten something with a lace

    Has he learned to lace his shoes?

    1. a.
      [transitive] to put a lace through the holes in a shoe
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to be tied or fastened using a lace
  2. 2
    [transitive] to put a small amount of strong alcohol, a drug, or poison into a drink or food, sometimes secretly
    be laced with something:

    coffee laced with brandy

    1. a.
      [transitive] to add a small amount of a particular quality to all parts of something
      be laced with something:

      Each scene is laced with romantic interest.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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