apply


apply
ap|ply
W1S1 [əˈplaı] v past tense and past participle applied present participle applying third person singular applies
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1¦(request)¦
2¦(affect)¦
3¦(use)¦
4 apply yourself
5¦(make something work)¦
6¦(spread paint/liquid etc)¦
7 apply force/pressure
8¦(use a word)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: aplier, from Latin applicare, from ad- 'to' + plicare 'to fold']
1.) ¦(REQUEST)¦ [I]
to make a formal request, usually written, for something such as a job, a place in a university, or permission to do something
apply for
She applied for a job with the local newspaper.
We need to apply for planning permission to build a garage.
apply to
I applied to four universities and was accepted by all of them.
2.) ¦(AFFECT)¦ [I,T not in progressive]
to have an effect on or to concern a particular person, group, or situation
apply to
Do the same rules apply to part-time workers?
The offer only applies to flights from London and Manchester.
3.) ¦(USE)¦ [T]
to use something such as a method, idea, or law in a particular situation, activity, or process
apply sth to sth
New technology is being applied to almost every industrial process.
These ideas are often difficult to apply in practice.
4.) apply yourself
to work hard at something, especially with a lot of attention for a long time
Stephen would do well if only he applied himself.
apply yourself to
Over the next months, he applied himself to improving the technique.
5.) ¦(MAKE SOMETHING WORK)¦ [T]
to make something such as a piece of equipment operate, usually by pushing or pressing something
apply the brakes
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.
apply make-up/lipstick etc
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.

Dictionary of contemporary 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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