The Closing Word: Ply

The Closing Word: PlyThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (PLIE)

1. use diligently
2. wield vigorously
3. apply oneself diligently
4. travel a route regularly
5. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
6. join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding

1. one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination
2. (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood

From “Ply means to work steadily at something. If you’ve got a lemonade stand and you’re busy perfecting your recipe and seeking out customers, you’re doing a good job of plying your trade. A ship that regularly travels a particular route plies that route. When someone offers you food or drink, often in hopes of getting something in return, they’re plying you: “If I ply you with cake, will you take my dog for a walk?” The noun ply is very different from the verb, referring to layers or strands. Four-ply yarn is made up of four strands. Plywood is made of many layers of wood glued together.”

“You would be wise to ply the art of introducing people when you think there may be mutual benefit or fondness. An agent who makes connections generates more leads.”


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