apply

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verb ap·ply \ə-ˈplī\

Definition of apply

applied

applying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put to use especially for some practical purpose <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>

  3. 2 :  to employ diligently or with close attention <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

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applying

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



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