What does apply mean?

Definitions for apply
əˈplaɪap·ply

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word apply.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ(verb)

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

    "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"

  2. apply, hold, go for(verb)

    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"

  3. apply(verb)

    ask (for something)

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

  4. put on, apply(verb)

    apply to a surface

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

  5. lend oneself, apply(verb)

    be applicable to; as to an analysis

    "This theory lends itself well to our new data"

  6. give, apply(verb)

    give or convey physically

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

  7. practice, apply, use(verb)

    avail oneself to

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

  8. enforce, implement, apply(verb)

    ensure observance of laws and rules

    "Apply the rules to everyone";

  9. apply(verb)

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

    "He applied this racial slur to me!"

  10. apply(verb)

    apply oneself to

    "Please apply yourself to your homework"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apply(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  2. Apply(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  3. Apply(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  4. Apply(verb)

    to fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  5. Apply(verb)

    to direct or address

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  6. Apply(verb)

    to betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  7. Apply(verb)

    to busy; to keep at work; to ply

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  8. Apply(verb)

    to visit

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  9. Apply(verb)

    to suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  10. Apply(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  11. Apply(verb)

    to ply; to move

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

  12. Apply(verb)

    to apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to)

    Etymology: [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See Applicant, Ply.]

Freebase

  1. Apply

    In mathematics and computer science, Apply is a function that applies functions to arguments. It is central to programming languages derived from lambda calculus, such as LISP and Scheme, and also in functional languages. In particular, it has a role in the study of the denotational semantics of computer programs, because it is a continuous function on complete partial orders. In category theory, Apply is important in Cartesian closed categories, where it is a universal morphism, right adjoint to currying.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apply

    ap-plī′, 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. applīed′.—adj. Applī′able, that may be applied: compliant, well disposed.—ns. Applī′ableness; Applī′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. Applicā′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. applicāre, ātumad, to, plicāre, -ātum, to fold.]

Editors Contribution

  1. apply

    To use for a specific purpose.

    They did apply the law of logic and progression when deciding they would let go of their application forms as part of their interview process.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apply' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1318

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apply' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1464

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apply' in Verbs Frequency: #116

How to pronounce apply?

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How to say apply in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apply in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of apply in a Sentence

  1. Chenkai Wu:

    It may not apply to everybody, but we think work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives.

  2. Simon Billenness:

    Burma is not a success story. If the administration wants Burma to be a success story, then they have got to apply greater leverage than they have on the Burmese regime to change.

  3. Debora Kristensen:

    There's a reason no court has ever done this. It's because the statute was not intended to apply to these situations.

  4. Greg Waldron:

    Given the effort and prestige China is pouring into the C919, getting FAA or EASA certification is a definite requirement both for the image of the program and the ambition to garner foreign sales, we don’t know if and when the Chinese authority will apply to us for a certification.

  5. Rick Harbaugh of the Albuquerque:

    Most people, when they apply for a 501(c) (4) status, they receive the designation within a few months, the IRS reviews the information and makes a determination. With us, they are still making a determination on documents we sent them 2 or 3 years ago. We have sent them well over 1,000 pages of information that they have requested. This is outrageous.

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Translations for apply

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  • طبّق على, انطبق علىArabic
  • прилагам, употребявам, кандидатствамBulgarian
  • verwenden, benutzen, anwenden, bewerbenGerman
  • ισχύουνGreek
  • apliki, kandidatigiEsperanto
  • emplear, presentarse, utilizar, aplicar, aplicarse, optarSpanish
  • بکار بردن, درخواست دادنPersian
  • koskea, levittää, käyttää, herkistää, kääntyä jonkun puoleen, hakea, soveltaa, panna, asettaa, altistaa, uskoutuaFinnish
  • s'inscrire, appliquerFrench
  • jelentkezikHungarian
  • aplikarIdo
  • applicareItalian
  • 申し込む, 用いるJapanese
  • 지원하다, 적용하다, 쏟다, 기울이다, 신청하다, 적용되다, 대다, 쓰다Korean
  • ngakiMāori
  • toepassen, geldenDutch
  • candidatar-se, aplicar-se, aplicarPortuguese
  • употреблять, применяться, обращаться, подавать заявку, приложить, применять, подавать заявление, заявлять, прилагать, прикладывать, использовать, подать заявлениеRussian
  • söka, ansöka, gällaSwedish
  • விண்ணப்பிக்கTamil
  • uygulamakTurkish
  • 应用Chinese

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