ply


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ply ply [plaɪ] verb plied PTandPP JOURNALISM
1. [transitive] to sell something:

• 60 retailers were plying their products on the radio.

2. ply your trade to work at your job or business:

• two outdoor barbers plying their trade on the beach

3. [intransitive, transitive] if a vehicle or boat plies between two places, it makes the journey regularly:
ply between

• ferries plying between Dover and Calais

• The airline is not allowed to ply domestic routes.

ply somebody with something phrasal verb [transitive]
to keep giving someone something in order to persuade them to do something:

• The sales force plied doctors with free samples.

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ply UK US /plaɪ/ verb
[T] COMMERCE to sell something: ply (your) wares »

Companies should be accountable for the wares that they ply.

[I or T] TRANSPORT to make a journey regularly: »

There are fears about the safety of some of the ageing vessels that ply Aegean waters.

ply between sth »

At present, big cargo ships plying between the east and west coasts of India have to circumnavigate Sri Lanka.

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The airline recently founded a new operator to ply long-haul routes to China and Britain starting in July.

ply for business/hire/trade — Cf. ply for trade
ply your trade — Cf. ply your trade

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Ply — Ply, n. [Cf. F. pli, fr. plier. See {Ply}, v.] 1. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Bent; turn; direction; bias. [1913 Webster] The late learners can not so well take the ply. Bacon. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ply — Ply, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plying}.] [OE. plien, F. plier to fold, to bend, fr. L. plicare; akin to Gr. ?, G. flechten. Cf. {Apply}, {Complex}, {Display}, {Duplicity}, {Employ}, {Exploit}, {Implicate}, {Plait}, {Pliant},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ply — Ⅰ. ply [1] ► NOUN (pl. plies) 1) a thickness or layer of a folded or laminated material. 2) each of a number of multiple layers or strands of which something is made. ORIGIN French pli fold , from Latin plicare to fold . Ⅱ. pl …   English terms dictionary

  • Ply — Ply, v. i. 1. To bend; to yield. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It would rather burst atwo than plye. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The willow plied, and gave way to the gust. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To act, go, or work diligently and steadily; especially …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ply — ply1 [plī] vt. plied, plying [ME plien < OFr plier < L plicare, to fold < IE base * plek , to entwine > FLAX] Now Rare to bend, twist, fold, or mold vi. Obs. to bend or submit n. pl. plies [MFr pli < the v.] 1 …   English World dictionary

  • ply|er — «PLY uhr», noun. = plier. (Cf. ↑plier) …   Useful english dictionary

  • ply — I verb busy oneself with, carry on, devote oneself to, do work with, employ, engage in, exercere, exercise, exploit, handle, make use of, manipulate, occupy oneself with, operate, persevere at, practice, pursue, put in practice, put into effect,… …   Law dictionary

  • ply — vb *handle, manipulate, wield, swing Analogous words: exercise, *practice, drill: operate, work, function (see ACT vb): manage, direct, control, *conduct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ply — [v] use, work at carry on, dispense, employ, exercise, exert, follow, function, handle, maneuver, manipulate, practice, pursue, put out, swing, throw, utilize, wield; concepts 100,225 Ant. be lazy, idle …   New thesaurus

  • ply — am·ply; ap·ply; crum·ply; dim·ply; du·ply; im·ply; mul·ti·ply·ing; pan·o·ply; pim·ply; ply·er; ply·gain; ply·mo·the·an; ply·mo·thi·an; ply; pop·ply; pur·ply; quad·ru·ply; quin·tu·ply; rip·ply; rum·ply; sim·ply; stip·ply; tip·ply; tri·ply;… …   English syllables


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