Definition of apply
- He applies pressure to get what he wants.
- apply the brakes
- apply varnish
- apply a law
- You should apply yourself to your work.
- This rule applies to freshmen only.
- apply for a job
For further information, apply to the address below.
I applied in writing to several different companies.
You must have a high school diploma for this job. High school dropouts need not apply.
After applying a thin layer of paint to the wall and letting it dry, apply another coat.
We applied the ointment to the cut.
I washed my face and applied fresh makeup.
Fertilizer was applied to the lawn every two weeks.
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get cracking, get one's act together, get with it, turn one's hand (or turn a hand);
: 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
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