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Apply is sometimes a misspelling of apple.

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Definition of the verb apply

What does apply mean as a doing word?

Apply is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: applied

  1. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    • examples: Apply a magnetic field here | I apply this rule to get good results
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Adverb]I used the money well
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate, variable control with infinitive]I used the cupboard to store food
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Predicate]I spent the money for my training

      Use Verbs (with the same syntax): employ, use, utilize.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of apply: employ / use / utilise / utilize
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: go for / hold
  2. be pertinent or relevant or applicable
  3. ask (for something)
    • examples: apply for a job | They apply to move
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific terms: put in / submit = make an application as for a job or funding
  4. apply to a surface
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of apply: put on
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
    • more specific terms:
      • swab / swob / dab = apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
      • daub = apply to a surface
      • gum = cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum
      • dress = put a dressing on
      • cream = put on cream, as on one's face or body
      • cold-cream = put cold cream on one's face
      • putty = apply putty in order to fix or fill
      • sponge on = apply with a sponge
      • clap on / slam on / slap on = apply carelessly
  5. be applicable to; as to an analysis
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of apply: lend oneself
  6. give or convey physically
  7. avail oneself to
    • example: apply a principle
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of apply: practice / use
    • more specific word: follow = adhere to or practice
  8. ensure observance of laws and rules
    • example: Apply the rules to everyone
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of apply: enforce / implement
    • more generic words: compel / obligate / oblige = force somebody to do something
    • more specific words:
      • execute / run = carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
      • execute = carry out the legalities of
  9. refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: denote / refer = have as a meaning
  10. apply oneself to
    • example: Please apply yourself to your homework
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: commit / consecrate / dedicate / devote / give = give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

Alternative definition of the verb apply

verb

  1. [transitive] To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another);—with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
  2. [transitive] To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt.
  3. [transitive] To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.
  4. [transitive] To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
  5. [transitive] To betake; to address; to refer;—used reflexively.
  6. [intransitive] To submit oneself as a candidate for.
  7. [transitive] To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.

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Miscellanea

Apply: In mathematics and computer science, Apply is a function that applies functions to arguments. It is central to programming languages derived from lambda calculus, such as LISP and Scheme, and also in functional languages. In particular, it has a role in the study of the denotational semantics of computer programs, because it is a continuous function on complete partial orders.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Apply

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Google previewUnion Postal Employee (1918)

The standard to apply is the prevailing standard of the world of industry and business service. Better still. the standard to apply is that of Uncle Sam as a model employer.—The Chicago Civil Service News. BURLESON BUCKING LABOR.

Google previewMerchandising Week (1921)

In Laying Out a Store, Choosing Merchandise, Employing Clerks and Getting Up Advertising the Test to Apply Is the Test of Fitness to the Trade Desired By FRANK B. RAE, Jr. Formerly Editor of "Electrical Merchandise," forerunner of " Electrical ...

Google previewStatistical and Marketing Issue (1921)

Wm“ In Laying Out a Store, Choosing Merchandise, Employing Clerks and Getting Up Advertising the Test to Apply Is the Test of Fitness to the Trade Desired Formerly Editor of “Electrical Merchandise." forerunner of “Electrical Merchandising” ...

Google previewElectrical Merchandising (1921)

Selling Will Sell, If You Adapt Your Methods to Fit Your Customers In Laying Out a Store, Choosing Merchandise, Employing Clerks and Getting Up Advertising the Test to Apply Is the Test of Fitness to the Trade Desired Formerly Editor of ...

Google previewElectrical Merchandising Week (1921)

Selling Will Sell, If You Adapt Your Methods to Fit Your Customers In Laying Out a Store, Choosing Merchandise, Employing Clerks and Getting Up Advertising the Test to Apply Is the Test of Fitness to the Trade Desired Formerly Editor of ...

Google previewPolitical Theory and International Affairs (2004)

Hans J. Morgenthau on Aristotle's The Politics by Hans Joachim Morgenthau, Anthony F. Lang

In other words, your evaluation is intended not to be subjective — not in your own interest or what is in the interest of just another group — but the standard that you apply is the standard of justice. You ask yourself, is this law that the Senate ...

Google previewGender in Transition (2013)

A New Frontier by Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg

But to use such a policy to forbid experiences to which it was never meant to apply is a travesty. The court is implying that the biological mother is morally obligated to raise the child, purely by virtue of the biological relationship, and that ...

Google previewThe Care of Wounds (2012)

A Guide for Nurses by Carol Dealey

The easiest dressing to apply is a hydrogel as it can easily be inserted into the sinus via the applicator. It is, therefore, advisable to use a protective skin wipe to protect the skin if there is heavy exudate as the surrounding skin may become ...

Google previewHuman Rights and Law Enforcement at Sea (2014)

Arrest, Detention and Transfer of Piracy Suspects by Anna Petrig

The first part of the analysis focuses on the legality of arrest and detention in light of the individual rights of piracy suspects – in doing so, the obvious legal benchmark to apply is the right to liberty and security. Since only a deprivation ( and not ...

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

to Apply disconnectionto the bwire and earth potential to the line(no loop) the awire Outgoing call...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

appendix: addendum, addition, epilogue, organ, postscript, rider, supplement, table appendix removal by surgery: appendectomy appendix to will: codicil appertain: apply, belong, concern, pertain, refer, relate, vest appetite: craving, desire, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1978)

Volume 10 - Linear and Matrix Algebra to Microorganisms: Computer-Assisted Identification by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

to denote 3, we must write (APPLY (FUNCTION (LAMBDA (X) (PLUS X 2))) '(1)) to denote the same thing using apply explicitly . Functionals . A functional is a function that takes as one ...

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Usage statistics about apply

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb apply:

spoken English30.27%written English69.73% conversational speech18.75%task-oriented speech81.25% imaginative writing14.19%informational writing85.81%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb apply:

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Quotes about Apply

I don't get to live by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. (Tiger Woods)
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3L1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of APPLY

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