Apply Definition

applied, applies, applying
applied, applies, applying
To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to.
Applied glue sparingly to the paper.
American Heritage
To put on or spread on; place so as to be touching.
To apply a salve to the skin.
Webster's New World
To make a formal request (to someone for something)
Webster's New World
To put to or adapt for a special use.
Applies all her money to her mortgage.
American Heritage
To put to some practical or specific use.
To apply one's knowledge to a problem.
Webster's New World

Alternative spelling of appley.


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

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