how to pronounce ply


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the above transcription of ply is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

ply is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of ply in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… time will ply to form a single galaxy …”

meanings of ply


  1. To persist in offering something to, especially for the purpose of inducement or persuasion.
  2. To travel over (a route) regularly.
  3. To press upon; to urge persistently.
  4. To work at (something) diligently.
  5. To work diligently.
  6. To manoeuvre a sailing vessel so that the direction of the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other; to work to windward, to beat, to tack.
  7. To wield or use (a tool, a weapon, etc.) steadily or vigorously.
  8. To bend; to fold; to mould; to adapt, to modify; to change (a person's) mind, to cause (a person) to submit.
  9. To bend, to flex; to be bent by something, to give way or yield (to a force, etc.).


  1. A layer of material.
  2. Short for plywood.
  3. A bent; a direction.
  4. A condition, a state.
  5. A strand that, twisted together with other strands, makes up rope or yarn.
  6. In two-player sequential games, a "half-turn" or a move made by one of the players.

ply frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ply occurs in english on average 1.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ply can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ply can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

3) transport and travel;

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