|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"
|3.||[ verb ] use diligently|
"ply your wits!"
|4.||[ verb ] wield vigorously|
"ply an axe"
|5.||[ verb ] travel a route regularly|
"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|