Thesaurus

apply

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of apply

1 to have a relation or connection
  • does your rule about calling home apply to me as well?

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

Phrases Synonymous with apply

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

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

Phrases Synonymous with apply

Near Antonyms for apply

3 to put a layer of on a surface
  • apply the ointment liberally

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

Near Antonyms for apply

4 to put into action or service
  • apply the laws of motion to this physics problem

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

Phrases Synonymous with apply

Near Antonyms for apply

5 to bring to bear especially forcefully or effectively
  • apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

6 to carry out effectively
  • a police officer applying the law

Synonyms for apply

Words Related to apply

Near Antonyms for apply

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about apply

Time Traveler for apply

Time Traveler

The first known use of apply was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Apply.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/apply. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on apply

Dictionary: Definition of apply

Medical Dictionary: Definition of apply

Nglish: Translation of apply for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of apply for Arabic Speakers

Comments on apply

What made you want to look up apply? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!