ply

Ply means to work steadily at something. If you've got a lemonade stand and you're busy perfecting your recipe and seeking out customers, you're doing a good job of plying your trade.

A ship that regularly travels a particular route plies that route. When someone offers you food or drink, often in hopes of getting something in return, they're plying you: "If I ply you with cake, will you take my dog for a walk?" The noun ply is very different from the verb, referring to layers or strands. Four-ply yarn is made up of four strands. Plywood is made of many layers of wood glued together.

Primary Meanings of ply

1.
v
use diligently
2.
v
travel a route regularly
3.
v
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
4.
nv
one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination
join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding
Full Definitions of ply
1

v use diligently

ply your wits!”
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v wield vigorously

ply an axe”
Type of:
handle, manage, wield
manage or wield effectively

v apply oneself diligently

Ply one's trade”
Type of:
do, perform
get (something) done
2

v travel a route regularly

“Ships ply the waters near the coast”
Synonyms:
run
black market, run
deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
Type of:
jaunt, travel, trip
make a trip for pleasure
3

v give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

Synonyms:
cater, provide, supply
Types:
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staff
provide with staff
drench
force to drink
regale, treat
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
board
provide food and lodging (for)
feed, give
give food to
feed
serve as food for; be the food for
dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up
provide (usually but not necessarily food)
cater
supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
help, serve
help to some food; help with food or drink
power
supply the force or power for the functioning of
feed
provide as food
gratify, indulge, pander
yield (to); give satisfaction to
underlay
provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need
horse
provide with a horse or horses
shower
provide abundantly with
accommodate
provide with something desired or needed
nourish, nurture, sustain
provide with nourishment
fix up
find (something or someone) for
gutter
provide with gutters
humor, humour
put into a good mood
man
provide with workers
dine
give dinner to; host for dinner
wine
treat to wine
alcoholise, alcoholize
subject to the influence of alcohol
live in, sleep in
live in the house where one works
scavenge
feed on carrion or refuse
fodder
give fodder (to domesticated animals)
slop, swill
feed pigs
regurgitate
feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
corn
feed (cattle) with corn
malnourish, undernourish
provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
overfeed
feed excessively
spoonfeed
feed with a spoon
force-feed
feed someone who will not or cannot eat
plank
cook and serve on a plank
drive
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
feast, feed
gratify
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
answer
be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
remount
provide with fresh horses
lunch
provide a midday meal for
breakfast
provide breakfast for
breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
give suck to
bottlefeed
feed (infants) with a bottle
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
appease, quell, stay
overcome or allay
inject
feed intravenously
carry
be able to feed
feed on, feed upon
be sustained by
allay, assuage, quench, slake
satisfy (thirst)
aliment, nourish, nutrify
give nourishment to
range
let eat
crop, graze, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
4

n one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination

“three- ply cord”
“four- ply yarn”
Type of:
strand
line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable

n (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood

Type of:
bed, layer
single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

v join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding

ply fabric”
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked

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