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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: aplier, from Latin applicare, from ad- 'to' + plicare 'to fold'

apply

verb
     
ap‧ply S1 W1 past tense and past participle applied, present participle applying, third person singular applies
1

request

[intransitive] to make a formal request, usually written, for something such as a job, a place in a university, or permission to do something
apply for
She applied for a job with the local newspaper.
We need to apply for planning permission to build a garage.
apply to
I applied to four universities and was accepted by all of them.
2

affect

[intransitive,transitive not in progressive] to have an effect on or to concern a particular person, group, or situation
apply to
Do the same rules apply to part-time workers?
The offer only applies to flights from London and Manchester.
3

use

[transitive] to use something such as a method, idea, or law in a particular situation, activity, or process
apply something to something
New technology is being applied to almost every industrial process.
These ideas are often difficult to apply in practice.
4

apply yourself

to work hard at something, especially with a lot of attention for a long time:
Stephen would do well if only he applied himself.
apply yourself to
Over the next months, he applied himself to improving the technique.
5

make something work

[transitive] to make something such as a piece of equipment operate, usually by pushing or pressing something:
apply the brakes
6

spread paint/liquid etc

[transitive] to put or spread something such as paint, liquid, or medicine onto a surface:
Apply the cream evenly over the skin.
7

apply force/pressure

to push on something
8

use a word

[transitive] to use a particular word or name to describe something or someone:
The term 'mat' can be applied to any small rug.

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