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English definition of “ply”

ply

verb     /plaɪ/
[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. The airline recently founded a new operator to ply long-haul routes to China and Britain starting in July .
ply for business/hire/trade COMMERCE to try to get customers for your business in a public place , for example , as a taxi driver , by driving around or waiting in a regular place : London's formidable black taxis enjoy a lucrative near monopoly over plying for hire on the capital's streets .
ply your trade to do your job : Having worked as a government lawyer for 15 years , he is departing for the private sector to ply his trade as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn .
(Definition of ply verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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