unlace


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un·lace

 (ŭn-lās′)
tr.v. un·laced, un·lac·ing, un·lac·es
To loosen or undo the lacing or laces of.

unlace

(ʌnˈleɪs)
vb (tr)
1. to loosen or undo the lacing of (shoes, garments, etc)
2. to unfasten or remove garments of (oneself or another) by or as if by undoing lacing

un•lace

(ʌnˈleɪs)

v.t. -laced, -lac•ing.
to loosen or undo the lacing or laces of (shoes, a corset, etc.).

unlace


Past participle: unlaced
Gerund: unlacing

Imperative
unlace
unlace
Present
I unlace
you unlace
he/she/it unlaces
we unlace
you unlace
they unlace
Preterite
I unlaced
you unlaced
he/she/it unlaced
we unlaced
you unlaced
they unlaced
Present Continuous
I am unlacing
you are unlacing
he/she/it is unlacing
we are unlacing
you are unlacing
they are unlacing
Present Perfect
I have unlaced
you have unlaced
he/she/it has unlaced
we have unlaced
you have unlaced
they have unlaced
Past Continuous
I was unlacing
you were unlacing
he/she/it was unlacing
we were unlacing
you were unlacing
they were unlacing
Past Perfect
I had unlaced
you had unlaced
he/she/it had unlaced
we had unlaced
you had unlaced
they had unlaced
Future
I will unlace
you will unlace
he/she/it will unlace
we will unlace
you will unlace
they will unlace
Future Perfect
I will have unlaced
you will have unlaced
he/she/it will have unlaced
we will have unlaced
you will have unlaced
they will have unlaced
Future Continuous
I will be unlacing
you will be unlacing
he/she/it will be unlacing
we will be unlacing
you will be unlacing
they will be unlacing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unlacing
you have been unlacing
he/she/it has been unlacing
we have been unlacing
you have been unlacing
they have been unlacing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unlacing
you will have been unlacing
he/she/it will have been unlacing
we will have been unlacing
you will have been unlacing
they will have been unlacing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unlacing
you had been unlacing
he/she/it had been unlacing
we had been unlacing
you had been unlacing
they had been unlacing
Conditional
I would unlace
you would unlace
he/she/it would unlace
we would unlace
you would unlace
they would unlace
Past Conditional
I would have unlaced
you would have unlaced
he/she/it would have unlaced
we would have unlaced
you would have unlaced
they would have unlaced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.unlace - undo the ties ofunlace - undo the ties of; "They untied the prisoner"
unloose, unloosen - loosen the ties of; "unloose your sneakers"
unlash - untie the lashing of; "unlash the horse"
undo - cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"
Translations

unlace

[ˈʌnˈleɪs] VTdesenlazar; [+ shoes] → desatar los cordones de

unlace

References in classic literature ?
When Ming Huang bade the masterful eunuch Kao Li-shih unlace the poet's boots, he gave him a relentless enemy whose malice pursued him, until at length he was glad to beg leave to retire from the court, where he was never at ease and to which he never returned.
The captain, emboldened by her gentleness, clasped her waist without resistance; then began softly to unlace the poor child's corsage, and disarranged her tucker to such an extent that the panting priest beheld the gypsy's beautiful shoulder emerge from the gauze, as round and brown as the moon rising through the mists of the horizon.
He raises his shoe to unlace it, and catches sight of the slippers.
At last he ran a course with a certain great knight, Sir Walter of Lancaster, yet, though my son was so youthful, he kept his seat, albeit both spears were shivered to the heft; but it happened that a splinter of my boy's lance ran through the visor of Sir Walter's helmet and pierced through his eye into his brain, so that he died ere his esquire could unlace his helm.
And now," Dag Daughtry muttered weightily aloud, as, bottle in hand, he leaned back in his arm-chair while Kwaque knelt at his feet to unlace his shoes, "now to consider a name for you, Mister Dog, that will be just to your breeding and fair to my powers of invention.
He knelt down and began to unlace her shoes, while Hilda shrank into the chair.
Saxon assented, but began immediately to unlace her shoes.
the landlady, assisted by a chambermaid, proceeded to vinegar the forehead, beat the hands, titillate the nose, and unlace the stays of the spinster aunt, and to administer such other restoratives as are usually applied by compassionate females to ladies who are endeavouring to ferment themselves into hysterics.
He wiped his boots on the mat, bent to unlace them.
Right-thinking guys and gals, after the rally, after raising a ruckus on the metro, why not go home, fold up your Czarist banners for next year, unlace the storm trooper boots, have a glass of wine (one), relax, and, you know, maybe procreate a bit.
With some embarrassment, he realized that he wanted to unlace her out of the corset.
As Roach puts it, manned space travel "forces people to unlace certain notions of what is and isn't acceptable.