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  1. ap·ply
    IPA[əˈplī]
  2. verb

    • 1. make a formal application or request:

      you need to apply to the local authorities for a grant a number of people have applied to vote by proxy
      Synonym : put in an application, put in, try, bid, appeal, petition, make an entreaty, sue, register, audition, inquire after, request, seek, solicit, claim, ask for, try to obtain
    • 2. put oneself forward formally as a candidate for a job:

      she had applied for a number of positions
      Synonym : put in an application, put in, try, bid, appeal, petition, make an entreaty, sue, register, audition, inquire after, request, seek, solicit, claim, ask for, try to obtain
    • 3. be applicable or relevant:

      normal rules apply the offer does not apply to unionized workers
      Synonym : be relevant, have relevance to, have a bearing on, bear on, appertain, pertain, relate, concern, be concerned with, have to do with, be pertinent, be significant, be apt, be apposite, be appropriate, be fitting, be germane, affect, involve, cover, deal with, touch
    • 4. bring or put into operation or practical use:

      the oil industry has failed to apply appropriate standards of care
    • 5. put or spread (something) on a surface:

      the sealer can be applied to new wood
      Synonym : put on, rub in, spread, smear, cover with, work in
    • 6. administer:

      smooth over with a cloth, applying even pressure
      Synonym : exert, administer, implement, use, exercise, employ, utilize, practice, put into practice, execute, prosecute, enact, carry out, put to use, bring into effect/play, bring to bear
    • 7. give one's full attention to a task; work hard:

      for two years, she applied herself to her studies with dedication
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: apply, 3rd person present: applies, gerund or present participle: applying, past tense: applied, past participle: applied

    • verb

      make a formal application or request:

      put oneself forward formally as a candidate for a job:

    • adjective

      (of a subject or type of study) put to practical use as opposed to being theoretical:
    • adjective

      (of a subject of study) put to practical use as opposed to being theoretical:
    • plural

      the branch of linguistics concerned with practical applications of language studies, for example language teaching, translation, and speech therapy.
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