definitions
  • synonyms

ply

1
[ plahy ]
/ plaɪ /
||

verb (used with object), plied, ply·ing.

verb (used without object), plied, ply·ing.

to run or travel regularly over a fixed course or between certain places, as a boat, bus, etc.
to perform one's work or office busily or steadily: to ply with the oars; to ply at a trade.

RELATED CONTENT

Dunking, Sequelae, And Other Trending Words On Dictionary.comA popular donut shop changed its name, and the president threw a press conference. How did this affect word searches on Dictionary.com? Dive into the trending words list to find out!
READ MORE

RELATED WORDS

function, maneuver, handle, exert, pursue, dispense, practice, wield, utilize, employ, exercise, swing, follow, throw, manipulate

Nearby words

pluvial, pluviometer, pluviosity, pluvious, pluviôse, ply, ply metal, plyer, plymouth, plymouth brethren, plymouth colony

Origin of ply

1
1300–50; Middle English plien, aphetic variant of aplien to apply
SYNONYMS FOR ply
Related formsply·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for plied (2 of 2)

ply

2
[ plahy ]
/ plaɪ /

noun, plural plies.

verb (used with object), plied, ply·ing.

British Dialect. to bend, fold, or mold.

verb (used without object), plied, ply·ing.

Obsolete. to bend, incline, or yield.

Origin of ply

2
1300–50; Middle English plien (v.) < Middle French plier to fold, bend, variant of ployer, Old French pleier < Latin plicāre to fold; see fold1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plied

British Dictionary definitions for plied (1 of 2)

ply

1
/ (plaɪ) /

verb plies, plying or plied (mainly tr)

to carry on, pursue, or work at (a job, trade, etc)
to manipulate or wield (a tool)
to sell (goods, wares, etc), esp at a regular place
(usually foll by with) to provide (with) or subject (to) repeatedly or persistentlyhe plied us with drink the whole evening; to ply a horse with a whip; he plied the speaker with questions
(intr) to perform or work steadily or diligentlyto ply with a spade
(also intr) (esp of a ship) to travel regularly along (a route) or in (an area)to ply between Dover and Calais; to ply the trade routes

Word Origin for ply

C14 plye, short for aplye to apply

British Dictionary definitions for plied (2 of 2)

ply

2
/ (plaɪ) /

noun plural plies

  1. a layer, fold, or thickness, as of cloth, wood, yarn, etc
  2. (in combination)four-ply
a thin sheet of wood glued to other similar sheets to form plywood
one of the strands twisted together to make rope, yarn, etc

verb (tr)

to twist together (two or more single strands) to make yarn

Word Origin for ply

C15: from Old French pli fold, from plier to fold, from Latin plicāre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012