apply

(redirected from applying)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.

ap·ply

 (ə-plī′)
v. ap·plied, ap·ply·ing, ap·plies
v.tr.
1. To bring into contact with something; put on: applied glue sparingly to the paper.
2. To put to or adapt for a special use: applies all her money to her mortgage.
3. To put into action: applied the brakes.
4. To engage (oneself) in a task with close attention or persistence: applied myself to my studies.
v.intr.
1. To be pertinent or relevant: a rule that applies to everyone.
2. To request or seek assistance, employment, or admission: applied for unemployment benefits; will apply to college next year.

[Middle English applien, from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre, to affix : ad-, ad- + plicāre, to fold together; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

ap·pli′a·ble adj.
ap·pli′er n.

apply

(əˈplaɪ)
vb, -plies, -plying or -plied
1. (tr) to put to practical use; utilize; employ
2. (intr) to be relevant, useful, or appropriate
3. (tr) to cause to come into contact with; put onto
4. (often foll by: for) to put in an application or request
5. (often foll by: to) to devote (oneself, one's efforts) with diligence
6. (tr) to bring into operation or use: the police only applied the law to aliens.
7. (tr) to refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing
[C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to]
apˈplier n

ap•ply

(əˈplaɪ)

v. -plied, -ply•ing. v.t.
1. to make use of as relevant or suitable: to apply a theory to a problem.
2. to put to use: to apply pressure to open a door.
3. to use (a label or other designation): Don't apply that term to me.
4. to assign to a specific purpose: applied part of his salary to savings.
5. to put into effect: applied the rules.
6. to employ diligently: to apply oneself to a task.
7. to lay or spread on: to apply paint to a wall.
8. to bring into contact: to apply a match to gunpowder.
v.i.
9. to be pertinent or suitable: The theory doesn't apply.
10. to make an application or request: applied to college.
11. to spread: The paint applies smoothly.
[1350–1400; Middle English ap(p)lien < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)lier < Latin applicāre=up- ap-1 + plicāre to fold; see ply2]
ap•pli′a•ble, adj.
ap•pli′er, n.

apply

1. request formally

If you apply to have something or apply for something, you write asking formally to be allowed to have it or do it.

I've applied for another job.
Sally and Jack applied to adopt another child.
2. another meaning of 'apply'

Apply has another meaning. If you apply something to a surface, you put it onto the surface or rub it into it. This is a formal use of apply, which often occurs in written instructions.

Apply the cream evenly.
She applied a little make-up.

In conversation and in most kinds of writing, don't say that you apply something. You say that you put it on, rub it on, rub it in, or spread it on.

She put some cream on to soothe her sunburn.
Rub in some oil to darken it.

apply


Past participle: applied
Gerund: applying

Imperative
apply
apply
Present
I apply
you apply
he/she/it applies
we apply
you apply
they apply
Preterite
I applied
you applied
he/she/it applied
we applied
you applied
they applied
Present Continuous
I am applying
you are applying
he/she/it is applying
we are applying
you are applying
they are applying
Present Perfect
I have applied
you have applied
he/she/it has applied
we have applied
you have applied
they have applied
Past Continuous
I was applying
you were applying
he/she/it was applying
we were applying
you were applying
they were applying
Past Perfect
I had applied
you had applied
he/she/it had applied
we had applied
you had applied
they had applied
Future
I will apply
you will apply
he/she/it will apply
we will apply
you will apply
they will apply
Future Perfect
I will have applied
you will have applied
he/she/it will have applied
we will have applied
you will have applied
they will have applied
Future Continuous
I will be applying
you will be applying
he/she/it will be applying
we will be applying
you will be applying
they will be applying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been applying
you have been applying
he/she/it has been applying
we have been applying
you have been applying
they have been applying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been applying
you will have been applying
he/she/it will have been applying
we will have been applying
you will have been applying
they will have been applying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been applying
you had been applying
he/she/it had been applying
we had been applying
you had been applying
they had been applying
Conditional
I would apply
you would apply
he/she/it would apply
we would apply
you would apply
they would apply
Past Conditional
I would have applied
you would have applied
he/she/it would have applied
we would have applied
you would have applied
they would have applied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.apply - put into serviceapply - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "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"
dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give - give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
play - employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play - use or move; "I had to play my queen"
pull out all the stops - use all resources available; "The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"
put, assign - attribute or give; "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job"; "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"
ply - use diligently; "ply your wits!"
address - address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
waste - use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
misapply, misuse - apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
avail - use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
overuse, overdrive - make use of too often or too extensively
cannibalise, cannibalize - use parts of something to repair something else
reprocess, reuse, recycle - use again after processing; "We must recycle the cardboard boxes"
exploit, work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
exploit, tap - draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
strain, extend - use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"
exercise, exert - put to use; "exert one's power or influence"
enjoy - have benefit from; "enjoy privileges"
take - travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
share - use jointly or in common
put to work, work - cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
implement - apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design; "implement a procedure"
practice, use, apply - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
resort, recur, fall back - have recourse to; "The government resorted to rationing meat"
2.apply - be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
concern, have to do with, pertain, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate, touch - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
lend oneself, apply - be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
3.apply - ask (for something)apply - ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
put in, submit - make an application as for a job or funding; "We put in a grant to the NSF"
4.apply - apply to a surfaceapply - apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
dab, swab, swob - apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint"
daub - apply to a surface; "daub paint onto the wall"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
gum - cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum; "if you gum the tape it is stronger"
dress - put a dressing on; "dress the salads"
cream - put on cream, as on one's face or body; "She creams her face every night"
cold-cream - put cold cream on one's face
putty - apply putty in order to fix or fill; "putty the window sash"
sponge on - apply with a sponge; "The painter sponged on his washes"
clap on, slam on, slap on - apply carelessly; "slap some paint onto the wall"
5.apply - be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
go for, apply, hold - be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
6.apply - give or convey physicallyapply - give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, mete out, parcel out, shell out, lot, administer, allot, deal - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
give - give (as medicine); "I gave him the drug"
tread - apply (the tread) to a tire
administer - perform (a church sacrament) ritually; "administer the last unction"
7.apply - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "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"
follow - adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
8.apply - ensure observance of laws and rulesapply - ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
compel, obligate, oblige - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"
execute, run - carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction"
execute - carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"
9.apply - refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"
denote, refer - have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' "
10.apply - apply oneself toapply - apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give - give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

apply

verb
1. request, seek, appeal, put in, petition, inquire, solicit, claim, sue, requisition, make application I am continuing to apply for jobs.
2. be relevant, concern, relate, refer, be fitting, be appropriate, be significant, fit, suit, pertain, be applicable, bear upon, appertain The rule applies where a person owns stock in a company.
3. use, exercise, carry out, employ, engage, implement, practise, execute, assign, administer, exert, enact, utilize, bring to bear, put to use, bring into play The government appears to be applying the same principle.
4. put on, work in, cover with, lay on, paint on, anoint, spread on, rub in, smear on, shampoo in, bring into contact with Applying the dye can be messy, particularly on long hair.
5. exert, place, put on Apply direct pressure to the wound.
apply yourself to something work hard at, concentrate on, study at, pay attention to, try at, commit yourself to, buckle down to (informal), be assiduous in, devote yourself to, be diligent in, dedicate yourself to, make an effort at, address yourself to, be industrious in, persevere at or with He had applied himself to this task with considerable energy.

apply

verb
1. To provide as a remedy:
3. To devote (oneself or one's efforts):
4. To be pertinent:
Idioms: have a bearing on, have to do with.
5. To bring an appeal or request, for example, to the attention of:
Obsolete: sue.
6. To look to when in need:
7. To ask for employment, acceptance, or admission:
Translations
انطبق علىطبّق علىيَتَقَدَّمُ بِطَلَبيَسْتَخْدِم، يَسْتَغِّليُطَبِّق
mít platnostpodat žádostpoužítpřiložittýkat se
ansøgeanvendebrugegældepåføre
hakea
prijaviti se
alkalmaz
beitabera á; leggja viîeiga viîgildasækja um
申し込む
신청하다
ant žaizdos dedami vaistaigaliotikandidataspanaudotipareiškimas
attiektiesgrieztieslietotlūgtpielietot
nanestiprijaviti seuporabitiveljatizaprositi
ansöka
ประยุกต์ใช้
başvurmakgeçerli olmakilgili olmakkullanmaksürmek
làm đơn xin

apply

[əˈplaɪ]
A. VT
1. [+ ointment, paint etc] → aplicar (to a) to apply heat to a surface (Tech) → exponer una superficie al calor (Med) → calentar una superficie
to apply a match to sthprender fuego a algo con una cerilla
2. (= impose) [+ rule, law] → aplicar, emplear
3. (= use) to apply the brakesfrenar
to apply pressure on sthejercer presión sobre algo
to apply pressure on sb (fig) → presionar a algn
4. (= dedicate) to apply one's mind to a problemdedicarse a resolver un problema
to apply o.s. to a taskdedicarse or aplicarse a una tarea
B. VI
1. (= be relevant) → ser aplicable, ser pertinente
cross out what does not applytáchese lo que no proceda
to apply to (= be applicable to) → ser aplicable a, referirse a
the law applies to everybodyla ley es aplicable a or de obligado cumplimiento para todos
this rule doesn't apply to usesta norma no nos afecta
2. (for job, audition) → presentarse
are you applying?¿te vas a presentar?
"please apply at the office"diríjanse a la oficina
to apply to sbdirigirse a algn, acudir a algn
to apply for [+ scholarship, grant, assistance] → solicitar, pedir; [+ job] → solicitar, presentarse a
"patent applied for"patente en trámite
to apply to sb for sthsolicitar algo a algn
see also within

apply

[əˈplaɪ]
vt
(= put into practice) [+ rule, technology, principle] → appliquer, mettre en pratique
to apply sth to sth [+ theory, technique] → appliquer qch à qch; [+ pressure] → exercer une pression sur, faire pression sur qn
[+ polish, dye] → appliquer
to apply sth to sth [+ paint, ointment] → appliquer qch sur qch
to apply the brakes → actionner les freins, freiner
to apply o.s. to sth → s'appliquer à qch
vi
(= ask) → postuler, poser sa candidature
to apply to sb [+ council, person, governing body] → s'adresser à qn
to apply for sth [+ permit, grant, membership] → faire une demande en vue d'obtenir qch; [+ job, post] → poser sa candidature pour qch, postuler à qch
to apply to do sth → postuler pour faire qch, poser sa candidature pour faire qch
(= be applicable) → s'appliquer
This graph no longer applies
BUT Ce graphique n'est plus applicable.
to apply to sb (= be applicable) → s'appliquer à qn, être valable pour qn
This rule doesn't apply to us → Ce règlement ne s'applique pas à nous.

apply

vt paint, ointment, lotion etcauftragen (→ to auf +acc), → applizieren (spec); dressing, plasteranlegen, applizieren (spec); force, pressure, theory, rulesanwenden (→ to auf +acc); knowledge, skillsverwenden (to für), anwenden (→ to auf +acc); fundsverwenden (to für), gebrauchen (to für); brakesbetätigen; results, findingsverwerten (to für); one’s attention, effortszuwenden (→ to +dat), → richten (→ to auf +acc); embargo, sanctionsverhängen (→ to über +acc); to apply oneself/one’s mind (to something)sich/seinen Kopf (inf)(bei etw) anstrengen; that term can be applied to many thingsdieser Begriff kann auf viele Dinge angewendet werden or trifft auf viele Dinge zu
vi
(= make an application)sich bewerben (for um, für); to apply to somebody for somethingsich an jdn wegen etw wenden; (for job, grant also) → sich bei jdm für or um etw bewerben; (for loan, grant also) → bei jdm etw beantragen; no-one applied for the rewardkeiner hat sich für die Belohnung gemeldet; apply at the office/next door/withinAnfragen im Büro/nebenan/im Laden; she has applied to college/universitysie hat sich um einen Studienplatz beworben
(= be applicable)gelten (to für); (warning, threat, regulation)gelten (to für), betreffen (→ to +acc); (description)zutreffen (→ to auf +acc, → für)

apply

[əˈplaɪ]
1. vt to apply (to) (ointment) → applicare (su), spalmare (su); (plaster) → mettere (su), applicare (su); (paint) → dare (a), stendere (su); (rule, law, theory) → applicare (a)
to apply one's knowledge to sth → servirsi delle proprie nozioni per qc
to apply one's mind to a problem → concentrarsi su un problema
to apply o.s. (to one's studies) → applicarsi (nello studio)
to apply the brakes → azionare i freni, frenare
2. vi
a. (be applicable) to apply (to)applicarsi (a), essere valido/a (per); (be suitable for, relevant to) → riguardare, riferirsi (a)
the law applies to everybody → la legge è valida or vale per tutti
b. (request) → fare or presentare domanda
to apply for a job → fare domanda d'impiego
to apply for a visa → chiedere un visto
to apply to a university → fare domanda d'ammisione all'università
to apply to sb for sth → rivolgersi a qn per qc

apply

(əˈplai) verb
1. (with to) to put (something) on or against something else. to apply ointment to a cut.
2. (with to) to use (something) for some purpose. He applied his wits to planning their escape.
3. (with for) to ask for (something) formally. You could apply (to the manager) for a job.
4. (with to) to concern. This rule does not apply to him.
5. to be in force. The rule doesn't apply at weekends.
apˈpliance (əˈplai-) noun
an instrument or tool used for a particular job. washing-machines and other electrical appliances.
ˈapplicable (ˈӕpli-) adjective
This rule is not applicable (to me) any longer.
ˌapplicaˈbility noun
ˈapplicant (ˈӕpli-) noun
a person who applies (for a job etc). There were two hundred applicants for the job.
ˌappliˈcation (ӕpli-) noun
1. a formal request; an act of applying. several applications for the new job; The syllabus can be obtained on application to the headmaster.
2. hard work. He has got a good job through sheer application.
3. an ointment etc applied to a cut, wound etc.
apply oneself/one's mind (with to)
to give one's full attention or energy (to a task etc). If he would apply himself he could pass his exams.

apply

يَتَقَدَّمُ بِطَلَب podat žádost ansøge bewerben (sich) υποβάλλω αίτηση solicitar hakea postuler prijaviti se richiedere 申し込む 신청하다 solliciteren søke złożyć podanie candidatar-se, solicitar применять ansöka ประยุกต์ใช้ başvurmak làm đơn xin 申请

apply

vt. aplicar, solicitar, requerir.

apply

vt (pret & pp applied) aplicar; (for insurance, etc.) solicitar
References in classic literature ?
Applying himself in earlier manhood to the study of the law, and having a natural tendency towards office, he had attained, many years ago, to a judicial situation in some inferior court, which gave him for life the very desirable and imposing title of judge.
Achieving this transit, I uncovered the glass without a sound and, applying my face to the pane, was able, the darkness without being much less than within, to see that I commanded the right direction.
First he takes about a double handful of shavings out of his grego pocket, and places them carefully before the idol; then laying a bit of ship biscuit on top and applying the flame from the lamp, he kindled the shavings into a sacrificial blaze.
George remained four years at a French university, and, applying himself with an unintermitted zeal, obtained a very thorough education.
Try to conceive of this mollusk gravely applying for an official position, of any kind under the sun
There is a certain embarrassment about applying to the average American hotel clerk, a certain hesitancy, a sense of insecurity against rebuff; but you feel no embarrassment in your intercourse with the portier; he receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates.
Her petition was simply a succession of lines from the various hymns, and images the minister had used in his sermon, but she had her own way of recombining and applying these things, even of using them in a new connection, so that they had a curious effect of belonging to her.
Wingfield's, which we have been applying at times ever since August.
My love," applying to her husband, "don't you long to have the Miss Dashwoods come to Cleveland?