apply

verb
1 REQUEST PERMISSION/A JOB (I) to make a formal, usually written request for something such as a job, place in university, or permission to do something
(+ to): I applied to four universities and was accepted by all of them. (+ for): Fletcher applied for the post of Eliot's secretary.
2 USE STH (T) to use something such as a method, idea, or law in a particular situation, activity, or process: In some cases tribunals fail to apply the law properly. | apply sth to: New technology is being applied to almost every industrial process.
3 AFFECT STH (intransitive, transitive not in progressive) to have an effect on or to concern a person, group, or situation
(+ to): The questions on this part of the form only apply to married men. | Many of the restrictions no longer apply.
4 apply yourself to work hard with a lot of attention for a long time: Stephen would do very well if only he applied himself.
5 MAKE STH WORK (T) to do something in order to make something such as a piece of equipment operate: apply the brakes | The crystal vibrates when a small electric current is applied to it.
6 SPREAD PAINT/LIQUID ETC (T) to put or spread something such as paint, liquid, or medicine onto a surface: Apply the cream evenly over the skin.
7 apply force/pressure to push on something
8 USE A WORD (T) to use a particular word or name to describe something or someone: The term `mat' can be applied to any small rug.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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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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