apply

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verb ap·ply \ə-ˈplī\

Definition of apply

applied

;

applying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put to use especially for some practical purpose He applies pressure to get what he wants.b :  to bring into action apply the brakesc :  to lay or spread on apply varnishd :  to put into operation or effect apply a law

  3. 2 :  to employ diligently or with close attention You should apply yourself to your work.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to have relevance or a valid connection This rule applies to freshmen only.

  6. 2 :  to make an appeal or request especially in the form of a written application apply for a job

applier

play \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of apply in a sentence

  1. For further information, apply to the address below.

  2. I applied in writing to several different companies.

  3. You must have a high school diploma for this job. High school dropouts need not apply.

  4. After applying a thin layer of paint to the wall and letting it dry, apply another coat.

  5. We applied the ointment to the cut.

  6. I washed my face and applied fresh makeup.

  7. Fertilizer was applied to the lawn every two weeks.

Origin and Etymology of apply

Middle English applien, from Anglo-French aplier, from Latin applicare, from ad- + plicare to fold — more at ply


First Known Use: 14th century



APPLY Defined for English Language Learners

apply

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verb ap·ply \ə-ˈplī\

Definition of apply for English Language Learners

  • : to ask formally for something (such as a job, admission to a school, a loan, etc.) usually in writing

  • : to put or spread (something) on a surface, a part of the body, etc.

  • : to cause (force, pressure, etc.) to have an effect or to be felt


APPLY Defined for Kids

apply

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verb ap·ply \ə-ˈplī\

Definition of apply for Students

applied

;

applying

  1. 1 :  to request especially in writing apply for a job

  2. 2 :  to lay or spread on apply a coat of paint

  3. 3 :  to place in contact apply heat

  4. 4 :  to have relation or a connection This law applies to everyone.

  5. 5 :  to put to use I applied my knowledge.

  6. 6 :  to give full attention I applied myself to my work.


Medical Dictionary

apply

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transitive verb ap·ply \ə-ˈplī\

Medical Definition of apply

applied

;

applying

  1. :  to lay or spread on apply antiseptic to a cut



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