Definition of Apply
1. Verb. Put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose. "They apply the animals"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
Specialized synonyms: Commit, Consecrate, Dedicate, Devote, Give, Play, Play, Pull Out All The Stops, Assign, Put, Ply, Address, Waste, Misapply, Misuse, Avail, Overdrive, Overuse, Cannibalise, Cannibalize, Recycle, Reprocess, Reuse, Exploit, Work, Exploit, Tap, Extend, Strain, Exercise, Exert, Enjoy, Take, Share, Put To Work, Work, Implement, Fall Back, Recur, Resort
Related verbs: Practice, Use
Causes: Go For, Hold
Derivative terms: Application, Applicative, Applicatory, Employment, Usable, Usable, Usable, Usage, Use, Useable, Useable, Useable, User, Utilisation, Utility, Utility, Utilizable, Utilization, Utilizer
2. Verb. Be pertinent or relevant or applicable. "The same rules go for everyone"
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch, Touch On
Related verbs: Lend Oneself
Derivative terms: Applicable, Applicative
3. Verb. Ask (for something). "They apply to move "; "Apply for a job"
Specialized synonyms: Put In, Submit
Derivative terms: Applicant, Application, Applier
4. Verb. Apply to a surface. "Put on make-up!"
Specialized synonyms: Dab, Swab, Swob, Daub, Gum, Dress, Cream, Cold-cream, Putty, Sponge On, Clap On, Slam On, Slap On
Generic synonyms: Cover
Derivative terms: Application, Application, Applier
5. Verb. Be applicable to; as to an analysis. "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
Related verbs: Go For, Hold
Derivative terms: Applicable, Application, Applicative, Applicatory
6. Verb. Give or convey physically. "I gave him a punch in the nose"
Generic synonyms: Administer, Allot, Deal, Deal Out, Dish Out, Dispense, Distribute, Dole Out, Lot, Mete Out, Parcel Out, Shell Out
Related verbs: Give
Specialized synonyms: Tread, Administer
7. Verb. Avail oneself to. "Practice non-violent resistance"
Related verbs: Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize
Specialized synonyms: Follow
Derivative terms: Applicable, Application, Practice, Practice, Usance, Use
8. Verb. Ensure observance of laws and rules. "Apply the rules to everyone"
Generic synonyms: Compel, Obligate, Oblige
Specialized synonyms: Execute, Run, Execute
Derivative terms: Applicative, Enforcement, Enforcer
9. Verb. Refer (a word or name) to a person or thing. "He applied this racial slur to me!"
10. Verb. Apply oneself to. "Please apply yourself to your homework"
Definition of Apply
1. v. t. 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.
2. v. i. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
Definition of Apply
1. Verb. (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. ¹
2. Verb. (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. ¹
3. Verb. (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. ¹
4. Verb. (transitive) To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline. ¹
5. Verb. (transitive) To betake; to address; to refer;—used reflexively. ¹
6. Verb. (intransitive) To submit oneself as a candidate for. ¹
7. Verb. (transitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group. ¹
8. Adjective. (alternative spelling of appley) ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Apply
1. to bring into contact with something [v -PLIED, -PLYING, -PLIES]
Medical Definition of Apply
1. 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. "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. "She was skillful in applying his "humors."" (Sir P. Sidney) 8. To visit. "And he applied each place so fast." (Chapman) Applied chemistry. See Chemistry. Applied mathematics. See Mathematics. Origin: OF. Aplier, F. Appliquer, fr. L. Applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
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Literary usage of Apply
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1905)
"(apply to pubs, for price.) Huxley, Man's place in nature, Ed. de luxe, subs. ... (apply to pubs, for price.) Tyndall, Forms of water in clouds and rivers ..."
2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1855)
"... and Biography, and for authent;eating and illustrating the same. For Prospectus, &c, apply to the Secretary. By order In Council. BYCROFT REEVE, Sec. ..."
3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
"does not consider it advisable to apply the same names to the rocks of the two localities on account of minute differences and overlaps in chemical and ..."