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Definition 1: (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood - [noun denoting artifact]

(ply is a kind of ...) single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

"slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"

(ply is used in the usage domain ...) a bound form used only in compounds

"`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"

Definition 2: one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • three-ply cord
  • four-ply yarn

(ply is a kind of ...) line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable

Definition 3: give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance - [verb of consumption]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The hostess provided lunch for all the guests

Synonyms for ply in the sense of this definition

(ply is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

(... is a kind of ply ) yield (to); give satisfaction to

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with a base, support, lining, or backing

"underlay the boards with joists"

(... is a kind of ply ) fill, satisfy or meet a want or need or condtion ro restriction

"does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?" "This job doesn't match my dreams" "meet a need"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with a horse or horses

(... is a kind of ply ) provide abundantly with

"He showered her with presents"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with something desired or needed

"Can you accommodate me with a rental car?"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with nourishment

"We sustained ourselves on bread and water" "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

(... is a kind of ply ) find (something or someone) for

"I'll fix you up with a nice girl"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with gutters

"gutter the buildings"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide as food

"Feed the guests the nuts"

(... is a kind of ply ) supply the force or power for the functioning of

"The gasoline powers the engines"

(... is a kind of ply ) force to drink

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with choice or abundant food or drink

"Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating" "She treated her houseguests with good food every night"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide food and lodging (for)

"The old lady is boarding three men"

(... is a kind of ply ) give food to

"Feed the starving children in India" "don't give the child this tough meat"

(... is a kind of ply ) serve as food for; be the food for

"This dish feeds six"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide (usually but not necessarily food)

"We serve meals for the homeless" "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M." "The entertainers served up a lively show"

(... is a kind of ply ) supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets

(... is a kind of ply ) arrange for sexual partners for others

(... is a kind of ply ) help to some food; help with food or drink

"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"

(... is a kind of ply ) provide with staff

"This position is not always staffed"

Definition 4: use diligently - [verb of consumption]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ply your wits!

(ply is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

Definition 5: wield vigorously - [verb of contact]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ply an axe

(ply is a kind of ...) handle effectively

"The burglar wielded an axe" "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"

Definition 6: join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding - [verb of contact]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ply fabric

(ply is a kind of ...) cause to become joined or linked

"join these two parts so that they fit together"

Definition 7: travel a route regularly - [verb of motion]

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Ships ply the waters near the coast

Synonyms for ply in the sense of this definition

(ply is a kind of ...) make a trip for pleasure

(ply has a similar meaning as ...) deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor

Samples where ply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Ply one's trade

(ply is a kind of ...) get (something) done

"I did my job"

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