Definitions for: Apply


[v] ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
[v] refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"
[v] 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"
[v] apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
[v] give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
[v] ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
[v] avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
[v] apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
[v] 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"
[v] be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*ply", 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.


Ap*ply", 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).

Synonyms: employ, enforce, give, go for, hold, implement, practice, put on, use, use, utilise, utilize

Antonyms: defy, exempt, free, refuse, relieve, resist

See Also: address, administer, allot, assign, attend, avail, bear on, bespeak, call for, cannibalise, cannibalize, clamp down, clap on, coldcream, come to, commit, commit, compel, concern, consecrate, consecrate, cover, cream, dab, daub, deal, deal out, dedicate, dedicate, denote, devote, devote, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, dress, enjoy, execute, exercise, exert, exploit, extend, fall back, follow, get tough, give, give, go for, hold, implement, lot, mete out, misapply, misuse, obligate, oblige, overdrive, overuse, parcel out, pertain, play, ply, pull out all the stops, put, put in, put to work, putty, quest, recur, recycle, refer, refer, relate, reprocess, request, resort, reuse, run, share, shell out, slam on, slap on, sponge on, strain, submit, swab, swob, take, tap, touch, touch on, tread, waste, work

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