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"ply" in American English

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plynoun [U]

 us   /plɑɪ/
  • ply noun [U] (LAYER)

a layer of something such as wood or paper, or a thread that is wrapped with other threads to form yarn (= wool cord) or rope: two-ply facial tissue

plyverb

 us   /plɑɪ/
  • ply verb (WORK)

[T] to work at something regularly: New buses plied the city's bus routes this week. Extreme-sports athletes ply their craft (= their skill or job) in especially difficult conditions.
  • ply verb (TRAVEL)

[I/T] to travel over distances regularly by boat or other form of transport: [T] Large numbers of vessels plied the waters between New York and Cape Hatteras.
(Definition of ply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"ply" in British English

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plyverb

uk   /plaɪ/  us   /plaɪ/

plynoun [U]

uk   /plaɪ/  us   /plaɪ/
(Definition of ply from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ply" in Business English

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plyverb

uk   us   /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.
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(Definition of ply from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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