apply


apply
verb
1 be relevant
ADVERB
equally

These principles apply equally in all cases.

PREPOSITION
to

These restrictions do not apply to us.

PHRASES
the same applies

US companies are subject to international laws and the same applies to companies in Europe.

2 put/spread on a surface
ADVERB
directly
evenly
liberally
sparingly

Apply the insecticide sparingly.

carefully

I carefully applied a creamy foundation.

externally
PREPOSITION
over

Apply the glue evenly over both surfaces.

to

Never apply the cleaning liquid directly to the surface.

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Apply is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑applicant, ↑argument, ↑condition, ↑convention, ↑exemption, ↑fee, ↑guideline, ↑maxim, ↑principle, ↑provision, ↑reasoning, ↑regulation, ↑restriction, ↑rule
Apply is used with these nouns as the object: ↑adjective, ↑antiseptic, ↑approach, ↑argument, ↑Band-Aid, ↑brake, ↑coat, ↑coating, ↑concept, ↑cosmetic, ↑cream, ↑criterion, ↑decoration, ↑discipline, ↑doctrine, ↑dressing, ↑expertise, ↑fertilizer, ↑finish, ↑force, ↑formula, ↑glue, ↑guideline, ↑idea, ↑ink, ↑insight, ↑knowledge, ↑label, ↑lacquer, ↑law, ↑layer, ↑lesson, ↑leverage, ↑lipstick, ↑logic, ↑lotion, ↑make-up, ↑manure, ↑mascara, ↑maxim, ↑method, ↑nail polish, ↑ointment, ↑paint, ↑paste, ↑patch, ↑penalty, ↑plaster, ↑polish, ↑powder, ↑preservative, ↑pressure, ↑principle, ↑procedure, ↑reasoning, ↑rigour, ↑rule, ↑sanction, ↑skill, ↑spray, ↑standard, ↑stress, ↑system, ↑tactic, ↑tape, ↑technique, ↑technology, ↑term, ↑test, ↑theory, ↑thinking, ↑varnish, ↑voltage, ↑yardstick

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  • 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 …   Financial and business terms

  • 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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