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Definitions of apply

  1. be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"; Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To direct or address. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To visit. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To ply; to move. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to). Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To betake; to address; to refer; - used reflexively. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. To ask; to petition; to request; to have some connection; as; their remarks do not apply to you. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Appplied. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. Applying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. To lay or put to: to employ: to fix the mind on. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. To suit or agree: to have recourse to: to make request:-pr.p. applying; pa.p. applied'. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. To devote; address. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. To place to or upon. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. To suit; solicit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. To have reference. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To put or place (to); devote; attach; refer; test. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To give wholly (to); devote (oneself), as to study. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. To make request; ask; petition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To lay or put on; to employ; to devote; to address to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. To suit; to refer to; to make application. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  40. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively. mso.anu.edu.au
  41. 1. To make a formal request or petition, usually in writing, to a court, officer, board, or company, for the granting of some favor, or of some rule or order, which is within his or their power or discretion. For example, to apply for an Injunction, for a pardon, for a policy of insurance. 2. To use or employ for a particular purpose : to appropriate and devote to a particular use, object, demand, or subject-matter. Thus, to apply payments to the reduction of interest. 3. To put, use, or refer, as suitable or relative ; to co-ordinate language with a particular subject-matter; as to apply the words of a statute to a particular state of facts. thelawdictionary.org
  42. 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. dictgcide_fs
  43. To betake; to address; to refer; used reflexively. dictgcide_fs
  44. ap-pl[=i]', v.t. to lay or put to: to administer a remedy: to bring a general law to bear on particular circumstances: (obs.) to ascribe: to employ: to fix the mind on: to bring (a ship) to land.--v.i. to suit or agree: to have recourse to: to make request: (Milton) to assign or impute blame to:--pr.p. apply'ing; pa.p. appl[=i]ed'.--adj. APPL[=I]'ABLE, that may be applied: compliant, well disposed.--ns. APPL[=I]'ABLENESS; APPL[=I]'ANCE, anything applied: means used: (Shak.) compliance.--ns. APPLICABIL'ITY, AP'PLICABLENESS.--adj. AP'PLICABLE, that may be applied: suitable.--adv. AP'PLICABLY.--n. AP'PLICANT, one who applies: a petitioner.--adj. AP'PLICATE, put to practical use, applied.--n. APPLIC[=A]'TION, the act of applying, e.g. the administration of a remedy: diligence: employment, use of anything in special regard to something else, as in the 'application' of a story to real life, the lesson or moral of a fable: close thought or attention: request: a kind of needlework, appliqué: (obs.) compliance.--adj. AP'PLICATIVE, put into actual use in regard to anything: practical.--adj. and n. AP'PLICATORY, having the property of applying. [O. Fr. aplier--L. applic[=a]re, [=a]tum--ad, to, plic[=a]re, -[=a]tum, to fold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  45. Put close (to); administer (remedy &c. to; lit. and fig.); devote (to); make use of; use as relative or suitable (to); set oneself closely (to task, to do); have reference (to); attend closely (to); address oneself (for help &c. to). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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