apply

ap|ply [ ə`plaı ] verb ***
▸ 1 request a job etc.
▸ 2 use method/law etc.
▸ 3 be relevant to/affect
▸ 4 put something on surface
▸ 5 use physical force
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) intransitive to make an official request for a job or a place to study at a college or university, or for permission to do or have something:
We advertised three jobs, and over 50 people applied.
apply for: I have applied for a scholarship.
apply to: You have to apply to the U.S. embassy for a visa.
apply to do something: Why don't you apply to join the fire department?
2. ) transitive to use a particular method, process, law, etc.:
The trial judge had applied an incorrect principle of law.
apply something to something: A similar technique can be applied to the treatment of cancer.
a ) to use a particular name or word for someone or something:
In the past, unhelpful terms were often applied to children who were dyslexic.
3. ) intransitive to affect or be relevant to a particular person or thing:
apply to: The restriction no longer applies to him because he's over eighteen.
4. ) transitive to put a layer of something such as paint onto a surface:
Sara applied her lipstick carefully.
apply something to something: Apply two coats of varnish to the table.
5. ) transitive FORMAL to use physical force in order to make something happen or work:
Apply pressure to the wound to stop it bleeding.
Apply the brakes smoothly as you approach the junction.
apply yourself
to work very hard on something for a long time

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • apply — ap‧ply [əˈplaɪ] verb applied PTandPP 1. [intransitive] to make a formal, usually written, request for something, especially a job, a place at university, or permission to do something: apply for • She had applied for a full time job as an English …   Financial and business terms

  • Apply — Ap*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Applied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Applying}.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See {Applicant}, {Ply}.] 1. To lay or place; to put or adjust… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apply — [v1] put into use administer, assign, bring into play, bring to bear, employ, engage, execute, exercise, exploit, handle, implement, practice, utilize; concept 225 apply [v2] be appropriate, relevant affect, allude, appertain, be applicable, bear …   New thesaurus

  • apply — [ə plī′] vt. applied, applying [ME applien < OFr aplier < L applicare, to attach to < ad , to + plicare, to fold: see PLY1] 1. to put on or spread on; place so as to be touching [to apply a salve to the skin] 2. to put to some practical… …   English World dictionary

  • Apply — Ap*ply , v. i. 1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case. [1913 Webster] 2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apply — I (pertain) verb affect, be applicable, be concerned with, be connected with, be pertinent, be proper to, be relevant, bear upon, belong to, concern, deal with, have a connection to, have bearing on, have reference, have relation, involve,… …   Law dictionary

  • apply — (v.) late 14c., to put (one s faculties, etc.) to some task or career, late 14c., from O.Fr. aploiier (12c., Mod.Fr. appliquer) apply, use, attach, from L. applicare attach to, join, connect; figuratively, devote (oneself) to, give attention,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • apply — ► VERB (applies, applied) 1) make a formal request for something to be done, such as asking to be considered for a job. 2) bring into operation or use. 3) be relevant. 4) put (a substance) on a surface. 5) (apply oneself) put all one s …   English terms dictionary

  • apply to — index appertain, call (appeal to), importune, petition, pray Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • apply — 1 *use, employ, utilize, avail 2 devote, *direct, address Analogous words: attend, mind, *tend: addict, accustom, *habituate: toil, labor, work, grind (see corresponding nouns at WORK) Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apply — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to request ) to apply for; to (we applied to the authorities for assistance; the captain applied to headquarters for a transfer; she applied for a fellowship) 2) (D; intr.) ( to seek admission to ) to apply to (she applied to… …   Combinatory dictionary


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