What does apply mean?

Definitions for apply

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

  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

  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

  4. Apply(verb)

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

  5. Apply(verb)

    to direct or address

  6. Apply(verb)

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

  7. Apply(verb)

    to busy; to keep at work; to ply

  8. Apply(verb)

    to visit

  9. Apply(verb)

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

  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

  11. Apply(verb)

    to ply; to move

  12. Apply(verb)

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

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


  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.]

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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  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. Juergen Kropp:

    You can apply it in Tokyo, New York or Mumbai.

  2. Shaher Saad:

    Workers are supposed to begin to apply for the permits.

  3. Robert Murrett:

    Those kind of precautions apply any place in the world.

  4. Janusz Jakimowicz:

    We hope to apply for the extraction concession next year.

  5. Amenorhu kwaku:

    We learn to acquire knowledge and with wisdom, we apply it.

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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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