• Apply


    • Rhymes: -aɪ

    Origin 1

    From Old French applier, (French appliquer), from Latin applicō ("join, fix, or attach to"); from ad + plicō ("fold, twist together"). See applicant, ply.

    Full definition of apply


    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.
      • 1697, w, Translation of Virgil's Aeneid, He said, and to the sword his throat applied.
    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.
      • unknown date 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.
      • 1611, , Proverbs 23:12,Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
    5. (transitive) To betake; to address; to refer;—used reflexively.
      • unknown date Johnson,I applied myself to him for help.
    6. (intransitive) To submit oneself as a candidate (with the adposition "to" designating the recipient of the submission, and the adposition "for" designating the position).I recently applied to the tavern for a job as a bartender.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. (intransitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.That rule only applies to foreigners.
    8. (obsolete) To busy; to keep at work; to ply.
      • Sir Philip SidneyShe was skillful in applying his humours.
    9. (obsolete) To visit.
      • ChapmanHis armour was so clear,
        And he applied each place so fast, that like a lightning thrown
        Out of the shield of Jupiter, in every eye he shone.


    • IPA: /æpl̩.iː/

    Origin 2



    1. Alternative spelling of appley


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