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Old French aplier, French appliquer, from Latin applico (join, fix, or attach to); ad + plico (fold, twist together) See applicant, ply.

to apply

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to apply (third-person singular simple present applies, present participle applying, simple past and past participle applied)

  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.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Milton,
      Yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied.
  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. (transitive) To submit oneself as a candidate for.
    I recently applied for a job as a bartender at the tavern.
    Most of the colleges she applied to were ones she thought she had a good chance of getting into.
    Many of them don't know it, but almost a third of the inmates are eligible to apply for parole or work-release programs.
  7. (transitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.
    That rule only applies to foreigners.

apply” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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