apply

apply ap‧ply [əˈplaɪ] verb applied PTandPP
1. [intransitive] to make a formal, usually written, request for something, especially a job, a place at university, or permission to do something:
apply for

• She had applied for a full-time job as an English teacher.

• I recently applied for a home-improvement loan from my bank.

apply to

• I applied to four universities and was accepted by all of them.

• Mr Walton applied to Darlington Council for permission to change agricultural buildings into dwellings.

apply to do something

• He applied to become a member of the association.

2. [transitive] to use something such as a law or an idea in a particular situation:

• When there are disputes about expert determination, the courts apply the law of contract.

apply something to something

• New technology is being applied to almost every industrial process.

3. [intransitive] to have an effect on someone or something, or to concern a person, group, or situation:

• The restrictions on goods coming into Britain do not apply in this case.

apply to somebody/​something

• Questions 3 and 4 only apply to married men.

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apply UK US /əˈplaɪ/ verb
[I] HR, FINANCE to officially ask for something such as a job, a place on a course, or a loan, usually by completing a special form or writing a letter: »

Please apply before April 4th.

apply for sth »

I'm applying for a new job.

apply to do sth »

How do you apply to extend your visa?

apply to sb/sth (for sth) »

We've applied to a charitable organization for a grant for the project.

[I] if something such as a rule, condition, or tax applies, it affects a particular person or situation: »

Whether you are a shoe store or an internet company, consumer protection laws apply.

apply to sb/sth »

The tax would only apply to meals in restaurants.

[T] to make use of something for a practical purpose or in a real situation: apply knowledge/techniques/theory »

Applicants should be willing to learn and apply new techniques.

apply sth to sth »

He applied the knowledge he gained at university to his new job.

Compare APPLICABLE(Cf. ↑applicable), APPLICANT(Cf. ↑applicant)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Apply — Ap*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Applied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Applying}.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See {Applicant}, {Ply}.] 1. To lay or place; to put or adjust… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apply — [v1] put into use administer, assign, bring into play, bring to bear, employ, engage, execute, exercise, exploit, handle, implement, practice, utilize; concept 225 apply [v2] be appropriate, relevant affect, allude, appertain, be applicable, bear …   New thesaurus

  • apply — [ə plī′] vt. applied, applying [ME applien < OFr aplier < L applicare, to attach to < ad , to + plicare, to fold: see PLY1] 1. to put on or spread on; place so as to be touching [to apply a salve to the skin] 2. to put to some practical… …   English World dictionary

  • Apply — Ap*ply , v. i. 1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case. [1913 Webster] 2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apply — I (pertain) verb affect, be applicable, be concerned with, be connected with, be pertinent, be proper to, be relevant, bear upon, belong to, concern, deal with, have a connection to, have bearing on, have reference, have relation, involve,… …   Law dictionary

  • apply — (v.) late 14c., to put (one s faculties, etc.) to some task or career, late 14c., from O.Fr. aploiier (12c., Mod.Fr. appliquer) apply, use, attach, from L. applicare attach to, join, connect; figuratively, devote (oneself) to, give attention,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • apply — ► VERB (applies, applied) 1) make a formal request for something to be done, such as asking to be considered for a job. 2) bring into operation or use. 3) be relevant. 4) put (a substance) on a surface. 5) (apply oneself) put all one s …   English terms dictionary

  • apply to — index appertain, call (appeal to), importune, petition, pray Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • apply — 1 *use, employ, utilize, avail 2 devote, *direct, address Analogous words: attend, mind, *tend: addict, accustom, *habituate: toil, labor, work, grind (see corresponding nouns at WORK) Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apply — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to request ) to apply for; to (we applied to the authorities for assistance; the captain applied to headquarters for a transfer; she applied for a fellowship) 2) (D; intr.) ( to seek admission to ) to apply to (she applied to… …   Combinatory dictionary

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