pronunciation: ə plaI
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to make use of or put to use.
example: I had to apply every bit of my knowledge of computers to solve the problem.
definition 2: to put into effect or action.
example: If you apply the principles that I describe in my book, your business is sure to be successful.
example: You can’t really play the game without applying the rules.
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be related or relevant
example: The rules apply to all students without exception.
example: This article in the newspaper applies to the discussion we had this morning.
definition 2: to make an application for admission, employment, or permission.
example: I applied for a job at the hospital.
example: Our son applied for admission to four colleges.
example: For that type of permit, you have to apply at the town hall.
Collocations: Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb apply (definition 2)
apply + PREPOSITION: ~ for (e.g., apply for a job, apply for admission, apply for a visa, apply for a permit), ~ to (e.g., apply to a college, apply to a university for admission) ~ at (e.g., apply for a job at a factory, apply for a position at a university)