1. [ verb ] provide what is desired or needed, esp. support, food or sustenance
Synonyms: provide cater supply

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

Related terms: give feed meet serve serve feed fix_up staff nourish accommodate power gratify feed regale shower pander cater underlay gutter board drench horse provision caterer provider
2. [ noun ] one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination

: "three-ply cord" "four-ply yarn"

Related terms: strand
3. [ verb ] use diligently

"ply your wits!"

Related terms: use
4. [ verb ] wield vigorously

"ply an axe"

Related terms: wield
5. [ verb ] travel a route regularly
Synonyms: run

"Ships ply the waters near the coast"

Related terms: travel run run
6. [ verb ] apply oneself diligently

"Ply one's trade"

Related terms: do plier
7. [ noun ] (usually in combination) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
Related terms: layer combining_form
Similar spelling:   ploy