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  Definition of apply
  1. ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
  2. refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"
  3. put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can''t make use of this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied
  4. apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
  5. give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
  6. ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
  7. avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
  8. apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
  9. 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"
  10. be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
Similar Words: use, utilize, utilise, employ, put on, give, enforce, implement, practice, hold, go for, lend oneself

 

Hyponyms: put in, submit, give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote, play, pull out all the stops, put, assign, ply, address, waste, misapply, misuse, avail, overuse, overdrive, cannibalize, cannibalise, recycle, reprocess, reuse, exploit, work, tap, strain, extend, exert, exercise, enjoy, take, share, put to work, implement, fall back, resort, recur, dab, swab, swob, daub, dress, cream, cold-cream, putty, sponge on, slap on, clap on, slam on, tread, administer, run, execute, follow

 

Grouped Verbs: practice, use, give, utilize, utilise, employ, lend oneself, hold, go for

 

Derivational Morphology: application, applicant, applier, practical application, use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise, utility, usefulness, utilizer, utiliser, user, lotion, coating, covering, applicator, enforcement, hatchet man, enforcer, custom, usance, practice, pattern, diligence

 

Anagrams: pally

 

 
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