What does apply mean?

Definitions for apply
əˈplaɪap·p·ly

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employverb

    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 forverb

    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. applyverb

    ask (for something)

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

  4. put on, applyverb

    apply to a surface

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

  5. lend oneself, applyverb

    be applicable to; as to an analysis

    "This theory lends itself well to our new data"

  6. give, applyverb

    give or convey physically

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

  7. practice, apply, useverb

    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, applyverb

    ensure observance of laws and rules

    "Apply the rules to everyone";

  9. applyverb

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

    "He applied this racial slur to me!"

  10. applyverb

    apply oneself to

    "Please apply yourself to your homework"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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. Applyverb

    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

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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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I never seek justice. In whatever way, I constitute and apply that.

  2. Andrew Crocker:

    The government can only insulate its actions from public scrutiny in this way in the rarest circumstances, which likely do not apply here.

  3. Miodrag Zivkovic:

    It is stable material, resembling stone but it is easier to work with, for every project back in those days there was a national contest, and artists from all over the country had the opportunity to apply, and that competition produced quality.

  4. Campaign Legal Center:

    The state, however, continues to insist that these rulings apply only to the individual Floridians who are participating in this lawsuit.

  5. Mike Pence:

    You take people that have pre-existing and costly conditions and put them into a high-risk pool, and you subsidize that so that it is affordable to those individuals. And so, you're guaranteeing coverage for pre-existing conditions. And the flexibility that you're referring to in this latest MacArthur amendment, states can only apply for that waiver and flexibility if they have either a federal or state high-risk pool that guarantees that people will be able to have coverage, and it'll be affordable.

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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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