Definition of


  1. (verb, consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    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. (verb, stative) be pertinent or relevant or applicable
    This theory holds for all irrational numbers
    The same rules go for everyone
  3. (verb, communication) ask (for something)
    She applied for college
    apply for a job
  4. (verb, contact) apply to a surface
    Put on make-up!
  5. (verb, stative) be applicable to; as to an analysis
  6. (verb, possession) give or convey physically
    I gave him a punch in the nose
  7. (verb, social) avail oneself to
    practice a religion
    use care when going down the stairs
    use your common sense
    practice non-violent resistance
  8. (verb, social) ensure observance of laws and rules
  9. (verb, communication) refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
  10. (verb, social) apply oneself to

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Apply

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. aplier (Mod.Fr. appliquer), from L. applicare "to attach to, to devote oneself to," from ad- "to" + plicare "fold" see ply (v.)). The etymological sense is "to bring things in contact with one another." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Apply

abel, abele, abelia, abila, able, ably, aboulia, above all, abulia, abyla, affable, affably, afl, afoul, apollo, appal, appall, appeal, apple, apulia, avail, avowal, awful, awfully

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