Verb apply Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To lay or place; to put (one thing to another) (transitive) To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote (transitive) To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case (transitive) To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline. (transitive) To betake; to address; to refer; generally used reflexively. (intransitive) To submit oneself as a candidate (with the adposition "to" designating the recipient of the submission, and the adposition "for" designating the position). (intransitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group. (obsolete) To busy; to keep at work; to ply. (obsolete) To visit.

More definition: make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent, to apply a theory to a problem. put to use, especially for a particular purpose, to apply pressure to open a door. bring into action; use; employ, He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop. use a label or other designation, Don't apply any such term to me. use for or assign to a specific purpose, He applied a portion of his salary each week to savings. put into effect, They applied the rules to new members only. devote or employ diligently or with close attention, to apply one's mind to a problem; to apply oneself to a task. place in contact with; lay or spread on, to apply paint to a wall; to apply a bandage to a wound. bring into physical contact with or close proximity to, to apply a match to gunpowder. credit to, as an account, to apply $10 to his account at the store.
1 be pertinent, suitable, or relevant, The argument applies to the case. The theory doesn't apply.1 make an application or request; ask, to apply for a job; to apply for a raise.1 lay or spread on, The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface.1 be placed or remain in contact, This paint doesn't apply very easily.

1. (transitive) to put to practical use; utilize; employ

2. (intransitive) to be relevant, useful, or appropriate

3. (transitive) to cause to come into contact with; put onto

4. (intransitive) often foll by for. to put in an application or request

5. (transitive) often foll by to. to devote (oneself, one's efforts) with diligence

6. (transitive) to bring into operation or use, the police only applied the law to aliens

7. (transitive) to refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing Derived Formsapplier, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach toCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "to put (one's faculties, etc.) to some task or career," late 14c., from Old French aploiier "apply, use, attach" (12c., Modern French appliquer), from Latin applicare "attach to, join, connect;" figuratively, "devote (oneself) to, give attention," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + plicare "fold" (see ply (v.1)). The etymological sense is "bring things in contact with one another." Of lotions, from early 15c. Meaning "seek a job by submitting an application for one" is from 185
1. A by-form applicate is recorded from 1530s. Related, Applied; applying.


If I hadn't taken time to apply my sleeping solution to the rag, I'd have been in the process of taking them just as that police car with its flashing lights came rolling up!

Enforcement of all rules will apply appropriately by the Ouray County Sheriff, the Ouray Police or by any board member of the Ouray Ice Park, Inc.

If Byrne was out to set up an identity he'd apply for credit cards, a driver's license, a library card and stuff like that.

Or don't the same rules apply to the wife?

Sometimes ships that are windbound and have exhausted their provision of water, touch here and apply to the natives for it; in such cases the crews sometimes fall into the hands of the latter and most of them are massacred."

Into types has usually had regard rather to geological structure than to external form, so that some geologists would even apply the name of a mountain range to a region not distinguished by relief from the rest of the country if it bear geological evidence of having once been a true range.

In our modern age, people disagree not just in terms of values they apply to knowledge, but they disagree on actual pieces of knowledge.

No one will play the game if the rules only apply to one team. 2.

We have a police force and a court system to apply the laws equally to all.

As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them.

But if, using the shortest diameter of Loch Fyne, we apply these proportions to Walden, which, as we have seen, appears already in a vertical section only like a shallow plate, it will appear four times as shallow.

"Well, and to whom did you apply about Bory?" asked the countess.

For a moment he hesitated whether he should not apply for leave in order to see Natasha before she was married, but then came the maneuvers, and considerations about Sonya and about the confusion of their affairs, and Nicholas again put it off.

One motive only they all had in common: a desire to get to the place that had been called Moscow, to apply their activities there.

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