v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Applied ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Applying.]
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.
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 under Chemistry.
Applied mathematics
See under Mathematics.
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.
4.To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to).
Verb1.apply - 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"
Synonyms: employ, use, utilise, utilize
2.apply - 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"
Synonyms: go for, hold
3.apply - ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
4.apply - apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
Synonyms: put on
5.apply - be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
Synonyms: lend oneself
6.apply - give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
Synonyms: give
7.apply - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
Synonyms: practice, use
8.apply - ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
Synonyms: enforce, implement
9.apply - refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"
10.apply - apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
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