Definition of apply
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 brakes>c : to lay or spread on <apply varnish>d : to put into operation or effect <apply a law>
2 : to employ diligently or with close attention <You should apply yourself to your work.>
1 : to have relevance or a valid connection <This rule applies to freshmen only.>
2 : to make an appeal or request especially in the form of a written application <apply for a job>
applierplay \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun
Examples of apply in a sentence
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.
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
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
Definition of apply for Students
1 : to request especially in writing <apply for a job>
2 : to lay or spread on <apply a coat of paint>
3 : to place in contact <apply heat>
4 : to have relation or a connection <This law applies to everyone.>
5 : to put to use <I applied my knowledge.>
6 : to give full attention <I applied myself to my work.>
Medical Definition of apply
: to lay or spread on <apply antiseptic to a cut>
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