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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.


Synonymsrun


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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