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apply

ap·ply

apply

 
 
pronunciation:
plaI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: applied, applies, applying
definition 1: to make use of or put to use.
I had to apply every bit of my knowledge of computers to solve the problem.
synonyms:
employ, exercise, use, utilize
similar words:
bestow, bring into play, ply, practice
definition 2: to put into effect or action.
If you apply the principles that I describe in my book, your business is sure to be successful.You can't really play the game without applying the rules.
synonyms:
employ, use
similar words:
dedicate, ply
definition 3: to bring into contact with or lay on.
He carefully applied the paint to the ceiling.This is a good brush for applying makeup.
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synonyms:
coat, put, spread
similar words:
administer, cover, deposit, place, rub
definition 4: to use with diligent effort.
They are really applying themselves to the job.
synonyms:
dedicate
similar words:
devote, persevere, persist, study
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be related or relevant.
The rules apply to all students without exception.This article in the newspaper applies to the discussion we had this morning.
synonyms:
relate
similar words:
connect, refer
definition 2: to make an application for admission, employment, or permission.
I applied for a job at the hospital.Our son applied for admission to four colleges.For that type of permit, you have to apply at the town hall.
synonyms:
petition, solicit
similar words:
appeal, audition, bid, sue, try out
derivations: appliable (adj.), appliably (adv.)
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