apply
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈplaɪ/
Verb

apply

  1. (transitive) To lay or place; to put (one thing to another)
    to apply cream to a rash
  2. (transitive) To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote
    to apply funds to the repayment of a debt
  3. (transitive) To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book X”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied.
  4. (transitive) To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Proverbs 23:12,
      Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
  5. (transitive) To betake; to address; to refer; generally used reflexively.
    • 1725, Homer; [Alexander Pope], transl., “Book X”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume III, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      sacred vows […] applied to grisly Pluto
    • I applied myself to him for help.
  6. (intransitive) To submit oneself as a candidate (with the adposition "to" designating the recipient of the submission, and the adposition "for" designating the position).
    I recently applied to the tavern for a job as a bartender.
    Most of the colleges she applied to were ones she thought she had a good chance of getting into.
    Many of them don't know it, but almost a third of the inmates are eligible to apply for parole or work-release programs.
  7. (intransitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.
    That rule only applies to foreigners.
  8. (obsolete) To busy; to keep at work; to ply.
    • She was skillful in applying his humours.
  9. (obsolete) To visit.
    • His armour was so clear, / And he applied each place so fast, that like a lightning thrown / Out of the shield of Jupiter, in every eye he shone.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: aplicar
  • Russian: применяться
Translations
  • Portuguese: aplicar-se
  • Spanish: (pronominal) aplicarse
Translations
  • French: s'inscrire, postuler
  • German: bewerben (um etwas)
  • Italian: candidarsi
  • Portuguese: candidatar-se
  • Russian: обраща́ться
  • Spanish: presentarse, optar, postular
Translations
  • German: gelten
  • Portuguese: aplicar-se
  • Russian: применя́ться
  • Spanish: aplicar
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈæp(ə)li/
Adjective

apply

  1. Alternative spelling of appley



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