apply


apply

verb

Definition of APPLY

1
to have a relation or connection <does your rule about calling home apply to me as well?>
Phrases have to do with
2
to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention <Sam applied himself to writing thank-you letters to everyone who'd helped sponsor him for the charity walk>
Phrases get cracking, get one's act together, get with it, turn one's hand (or turn a hand)
Near Antonyms dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle (around), fool around, idle, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
3
to put a layer of on a surface <apply the ointment liberally>
Synonyms apply, lay, lay on
Near Antonyms bare, expose, peel, strip, uncover
4
to put into action or service <apply the laws of motion to this physics problem>
Near Antonyms ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse
5
to bring to bear especially forcefully or effectively <apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding>
Related Words employ, use, utilize; abuse, misapply, misuse
6
to carry out effectively <a police officer applying the law>
Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, neglect

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