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Definitions of apply

  1. be applicable to; as to an analysis; " This theory lends itself well to our new data"
  2. ask ( for something); " 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; " He applied this racial slur to me!"
  4. put into service; make work or employ ( something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; " use your head!"; " we only use Spanish at home"; " I can't make use of this tool"; " Apply a magnetic field here"; " This thinking was applied to many projects"; " How do you utilize this tool?"; " I apply this rule to get good results"; " use the plastic bags to store the food"; " He doesn't know how to use a computer"
  5. apply to a surface; " She applied paint to the back of the house"; " Put on make- up!"
  6. give or convey physically; " She gave him First Aid"; " I gave him a punch in the nose"
  7. ensure observance of laws and rules; " Apply the rules to everyone";
  8. avail oneself to; " apply a principle"; " practice a religion"; " use care when going down the stairs"; " use your common sense"; " practice non- violent resistance"
  9. apply oneself to; " Please apply yourself to your homework"
  10. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; " The same laws apply to you!"; " This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; " The same rules go for everyone"
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
  14. To direct or address.
  15. To busy; to keep at work; to ply.
  16. To visit.
  17. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
  18. 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.
  19. To ply; to move.
  20. To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely ( to).
  21. 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.
  22. To betake; to address; to refer; - used reflexively.
  23. To bring into contact with something; lay on; to put into practice; to devote to a particular purpose; to fix attentively, as the mind.
  24. To ask; to petition; to request; to have some connection; as; their remarks do not apply to you.
  25. Appplied.
  26. Applying.
  27. To lay or put to: to employ: to fix the mind on.
  28. To suit or agree: to have recourse to: to make request:- pr. p. applying; pa. p. applied'.
  29. To devote; address.
  30. To place to or upon.
  31. To suit; solicit.
  32. To have reference.
  33. To put or place ( to); devote; attach; refer; test.
  34. To give wholly ( to); devote ( oneself), as to study.
  35. To make request; ask; petition.
  36. To lay or put on; to employ; to devote; to address to.
  37. To suit; to refer to; to make application.
  38. To lay on; to put one thing to another; to use or employ for a particular purpose; to fix the mind with attention; to make application; to suit.
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Usage examples for apply

  1. The latter remark, it may be understood, does not apply to only this one place or line of travel; it was always the case. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  2. Apply the golden rule- the only one that can give the measure of things. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  3. Apply that to your prayers. – The Master's Indwelling by Andrew Murray
  4. But doesn't the same thing apply to you? – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  5. That this rule apply to all University races, viz. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  6. Sire, I might here apply to my own adventures the reflections which naturally arise from the history you have just heard. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  7. They are to be sold by Postmasters to any required amount, and to any person who may apply for them, but they can be used only for the purpose of securing the immediate delivery of letters. – History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America by John Kerr Tiffany
  8. The words, " Perhaps it was a woman," did not, he felt, apply exactly to any one save himself. – Command by William McFee
  9. It never entered her head to question the power or the will to which she must apply herself, no more than if she had been a child. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  10. All this, of course, is intended to apply only so far as it goes. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  11. Might it not apply as well to Tasper Britt? – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  12. I ought not to apply the term of " extraordinary" to anything about myself, but the word escaped me unconsciously, and I shall let it stand. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. How are you going to apply your philosophy to yourself? – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  14. It was a habit with me when I wanted to apply myself fully to thought; but Herr Heinfetter suspected that I had given way to grief, and began to cheer me up. – That Boy Of Norcott's by Charles James Lever
  15. As to Philander, the same does not apply. – Miss Caprice by St. George Rathborne
  16. He was ignorant even of the first steps to be taken, and knew no one to whom he could apply for information. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  17. At last we had to apply to the police. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  18. Is there such equality between the cases that the same policy must apply to each? – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  19. I don't apply the name to you; but you'll be none the worse for a good night's sleep. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  20. I think he will not even apply to him for it, your majesty. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
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