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English noun: ply

1. ply (artifact) one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination

SamplesThree-ply cord.
Four-ply yarn.

Broader (hypernym)strand

2. ply (artifact) (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood

Broader (hypernym)bed, layer

Domain usagecombining form

English verb: ply

1. ply (consumption) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

SamplesThe hostess provided lunch for all the guests.

Synonymscater, provide, supply

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)accommodate, board, cater, dish, dish out, dish up, drench, feed, feed, feed, fill, fix up, fulfil, fulfill, give, gratify, gutter, help, horse, indulge, meet, nourish, nurture, pander, pander, pimp, power, procure, regale, satisfy, serve, serve, serve up, shower, staff, sustain, treat, underlay

2. ply (social) apply oneself diligently

SamplesPly one's trade.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do, perform

3. ply (motion) travel a route regularly

SamplesShips ply the waters near the coast.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)jaunt, travel, trip

Verb groupblack market, run

4. ply (contact) join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding

SamplesPly fabric.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring together, join

5. ply (contact) wield vigorously

SamplesPly an axe.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)handle, manage, wield

6. ply (consumption) use diligently

SamplesPly your wits!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

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