Definitions for apply

Definitions for (verb) apply

Main entry: apply

Definition: ask (for something)

Usage: He applied for a leave of absence; She applied for college; apply for a job

Main entry: apply

Definition: refer (a word or name) to a person or thing

Usage: He applied this racial slur to me!

Main entry: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Usage: 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

Main entry: apply, put on

Definition: apply to a surface

Usage: She applied paint to the back of the house; Put on make-up!

Main entry: apply, give

Definition: give or convey physically

Usage: She gave him First Aid; I gave him a punch in the nose

Main entry: implement, enforce, apply

Definition: ensure observance of laws and rules

Usage: Apply the rules to everyone;

Main entry: practice, use, apply

Definition: avail oneself to

Usage: apply a principle; practice a religion; use care when going down the stairs; use your common sense; practice non-violent resistance

Main entry: apply

Definition: apply oneself to

Usage: Please apply yourself to your homework

Main entry: apply, go for, hold

Definition: be pertinent or relevant or applicable

Usage: The same laws apply to you!; This theory holds for all irrational numbers; The same rules go for everyone

Main entry: lend oneself, apply

Definition: be applicable to; as to an analysis

Usage: This theory lends itself well to our new data

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