apply Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
employ; use; utilize; utilise.
- use your head!
- we only use Spanish at home
- I can't use 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
verb be pertinent or relevant or applicable
hold; go for.
- The same laws apply to you!
- This theory holds for all irrational numbers
- The same rules go for everyone
verb ask (for something)
- He applied for a leave of absence
- She applied for college
- apply for a job
verb apply to a surface
- She applied paint to the back of the house
- Put on make-up!
verb be applicable to; as to an analysis
- This theory lends itself well to our new data
verb give or convey physically
- She gave him First Aid
- I gave him a punch in the nose
verb avail oneself to
- apply a principle
- practice a religion
- use care when going down the stairs
- use your common sense
- practice non-violent resistance
verb ensure observance of laws and rules;
- Apply the rules to everyone
verb refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
- He applied this racial slur to me!
verb apply oneself to
- Please apply yourself to your homework
Ap*ply" transitive verb
To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); -- with to; as, to applythe hand to the breast; to applymedicaments to a diseased part of the body.
He said, and the sword his throat applied. Dryden.
To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to. applymoney to the payment of a debt
To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to applythe testimony to the case; to applyan epithet to a person.
Yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. Milton.
To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
Apply thine heart unto instruction. Prov. xxiii. 12.
To direct or address.R.
Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto. Pope.
To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.
I applied myself to him for help. Johnson.
To busy; to keep at work; to ply.Obs.
She was skillful in applying his "humors." Sir P. Sidney.
And he applied each place so fast. Chapman.
Ap*ply" intransitive verb
To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument. applieswell to the case
To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to solicit; as, to. applyto a friend for information
To ply; to move.R.
I heard the sound of an oar applying swiftly through the water. T. Moore.
To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to).