apply


apply
appliable, adj.appliableness, n.appliably, adv.applier, n.
/euh pluy"/, v., applied, applying.
v.t.
1. to make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent: to apply a theory to a problem.
2. to put to use, esp. for a particular purpose: to apply pressure to open a door.
3. to bring into action; use; employ: He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop.
4. to use a label or other designation: Don't apply any such term to me.
5. to use for or assign to a specific purpose: He applied a portion of his salary each week to savings.
6. to put into effect: They applied the rules to new members only.
7. to devote or employ diligently or with close attention: to apply one's mind to a problem; to apply oneself to a task.
8. to place in contact with; lay or spread on: to apply paint to a wall; to apply a bandage to a wound.
9. to bring into physical contact with or close proximity to: to apply a match to gunpowder.
10. to credit to, as an account: to apply $10 to his account at the store.
v.i.
11. to be pertinent, suitable, or relevant: The argument applies to the case. The theory doesn't apply.
12. to make an application or request; ask: to apply for a job; to apply for a raise.
13. to lay or spread on: The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface.
14. to be placed or remain in contact: This paint doesn't apply very easily.
[1350-1400; ME ap(p)lien < AF, OF ap(p)lier < L applicare, equiv. to ap- AP-1 + plicare to fold; see PLY2]
Syn. 3. utilize. 5. appropriate, allot, assign, dedicate. 12. petition, sue, entreat.

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