Apply meaning

ə-plī
Apply means that something that is relevant or applicable to something else.

Saying the law has to be obeyed by everyone is an example of how the law does apply to everyone.

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To put to or adapt for a special use.

Applies all her money to her mortgage.

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To put into action.

Applied the brakes.

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Apply is defined as using something to complete a task or to do something.

To put glue on a paper is an example of apply glue.

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The definition of apply is to go through the proper steps to be granted a request.

To fill out some documents to ask the bank for a loan is an example of apply for a loan.

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To apply is defined as to make a strong effort to do a job well.

To work really hard in order to get a presentation finished on time is an example of how to apply yourself.

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To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to.

Applied glue sparingly to the paper.

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To engage (oneself) in a task with close attention or persistence.

Applied myself to my studies.

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To request or seek assistance, employment, or admission.

Applied for unemployment benefits; will apply to college next year.

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To put on or spread on; place so as to be touching.

To apply a salve to the skin.

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To put to some practical or specific use.

To apply one's knowledge to a problem.

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To concentrate (one's faculties) on; employ (oneself) diligently.

To apply oneself to one's work.

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To make a formal request (to someone for something)
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To be appropriate, suitable, or relevant.

This principle always applies.

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To make a formal motion or request to a court.
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To be relevant; to have bearing upon; to be instructive.
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To devote, use, or assign for a particular purpose.
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To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another);—with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
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To be pertinent or relevant.

A rule that applies to everyone.

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To refer to a person or thing with (an epithet or suitable term)
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To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt.
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To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.
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To betake; to address; to refer;—used reflexively.
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(intransitive) To submit oneself as a candidate (with the adposition "to" designating the recipient of the submission, and the adposition "for" designating the position).

I recently applied to the tavern for a job as a bartender.

Most of the colleges she applied to were ones she thought she had a good chance of getting into.

Many of them don't know it, but almost a third of the inmates are eligible to apply for parole or work-release programs.

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(intransitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.

That rule only applies to foreigners.

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To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
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Alternative spelling of appley.
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Origin of apply

  • Middle English applien from Old French aplier from Latin applicāre to affix ad- ad- plicāre to fold together plek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French applier, (French appliquer), from Latin applicō (“join, fix, or attach to”); from ad + plicō (“fold, twist together”). See applicant, ply.

    From Wiktionary

  • apple +‎ -y

    From Wiktionary