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Meaning of apply by Wiktionary Dictionary

apply


    Etymology 1

    From Old French aplier, ( French appliquer ), from Latin applicō ( “join, fix, or attach to” ); from ad + plicō ( “fold, twist together” ). See applicant, ply .

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -aɪ

    Verb

    apply ( third-person singular simple present applies present participle applying, simple past and past participle applied )

    1. ( transitive ) To lay or place; to put or adjust ( one thing to another );—with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
      • 1697, John Dryden, Translation of Virgil's Aeneid:
        He said, and to the sword his throat applied .
    2. ( transitive ) To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt .
    3. ( transitive ) To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.
    4. ( transitive ) To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
    5. ( transitive ) To betake; to address; to refer;—used reflexively.
    6. ( intransitive ) To submit oneself as a candidate for .
      I recently applied for a job as a bartender at the tavern .
      Most of the colleges she applied to were ones she thought she had a good chance of getting into .
      Many of them don't know it, but almost a third of the inmates are eligible to apply for parole or work-release programs .
    7. ( transitive ) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group .
      That rule only applies to foreigners .
    Derived terms
    • appliance
    • applicable
    • application

    Etymology 2

    apple +‎ -y

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /æpl̩.iː/

    Adjective

    apply ( comparative more apply, superlative most apply )

    1. Alternative spelling of appley .

    See also

    • apply in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Anagrams



Explanation of apply by Wordnet Dictionary

apply


    Verb
    1. ask ( for something )

    2. He applied for a leave of absence
      She applied for college
      apply for a job
    3. refer ( a word or name ) to a person or thing

    4. He applied this racial slur to me!
    5. put into service

    6. Apply a magnetic field here
      This thinking was applied to many projects
      I apply this rule to get good results
    7. apply to a surface

    8. She applied paint to the back of the house
    9. give or convey physically

    10. ensure observance of laws and rules

    11. apply the rules to everyone
    12. avail oneself to

    13. apply a principle
    14. apply oneself to

    15. Please apply yourself to your homework
    16. be pertinent or relevant or applicable

    17. The same laws apply to you!
    18. be applicable to



    Definition of apply by GCIDE Dictionary

    apply


    1. Apply 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 ( one thing to another ); -- with to; as, “to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.”

      He said, and the sword his throat applied. Dryden.

      2. To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, “to apply money to the payment of a debt”.

      3. To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, “to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.”

      Yet God at last

      To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. Milton.

      4. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.

      Apply thine heart unto instruction. Prov. xxiii. 12.

      5. To direct or address. [R.]

      Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto. Pope.

      6. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.

      I applied myself to him for help. Johnson.

      7. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.]

      She was skillful in applying his “humors.” Sir P. Sidney.

      8. To visit. [Obs.]

      And he applied each place so fast. Chapman.

      Applied chemistry. See under Chemistry. -- Applied mathematics. See under Mathematics.

    2. Apply, v. i.
      1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, “this argument applies well to the case”.

      2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. ( to ); to solicit; as, “to apply to a friend for information”.

      3. To ply; to move. [R.]

      I heard the sound of an oar applying swiftly through the water. T. Moore.

      4. To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely ( to ).