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4 definitions found
 for apply
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apply \Ap*ply"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Applied; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Applying.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to
     join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist
     together. See Applicant, Ply.]
     1. 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.
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              He said, and the sword his throat applied. --Dryden.
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     2. 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.
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     3. 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.
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              Yet God at last
              To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. --Milton.
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     4. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with
        attention; to attach; to incline.
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              Apply thine heart unto instruction.   --Prov. xxiii.
                                                    12.
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     5. To direct or address. [R.]
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              Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto. --Pope.
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     6. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.
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              I applied myself to him for help.     --Johnson.
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     7. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.]
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              She was skillful in applying his "humors." --Sir P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     8. To visit. [Obs.]
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              And he applied each place so fast.    --Chapman.
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     Applied chemistry. See under Chemistry.
  
     Applied mathematics. See under Mathematics.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apply \Ap*ply"\, v. i.
     1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or
        analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
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     2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain
        something; to make application. (to); to solicit; as, to
        apply to a friend for information.
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     3. To ply; to move. [R.]
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              I heard the sound of an oar applying swiftly through
              the water.                            --T. Moore.
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     4. To apply or address one's self; to give application; to
        attend closely (to).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  apply
      v 1: put into service; make work or employ for a particular
           purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your
           head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this
           tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was
           applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?";
           "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic
           bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a
           computer" [syn: use, utilize, utilise, apply,
           employ]
      2: be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply
         to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers";
         "The same rules go for everyone" [syn: apply, hold, go
         for]
      3: ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence";
         "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
      4: apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the
         house"; "Put on make-up!" [syn: put on, apply]
      5: be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends
         itself well to our new data" [syn: lend oneself, apply]
         [ant: defy, refuse, resist]
      6: give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave
         him a punch in the nose" [syn: give, apply]
      7: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion";
         "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common
         sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice,
         apply, use]
      8: ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to
         everyone"; [syn: enforce, implement, apply] [ant:
         exempt, free, relieve]
      9: refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this
         racial slur to me!"
      10: apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  193 Moby Thesaurus words for "apply":
     accouter, accredit, address, administer, affix, allot, ally,
     appeal, appertain, apply for, apply to, appoint, appropriate,
     ascribe, ask, ask for, assign, associate, attach, attend,
     attribute, audition, authorize, bear, beg, beg leave, bend,
     beseech, bespeak, bestow, bid, bind, blanket, block, bracket,
     buckle down, call for, call on, call upon, canopy, carry out,
     cement, circulate a petition, cloak, clothe, cloud, commission,
     commit, concentrate, connect, cope, correlate, couple, cover,
     cover up, cowl, crave, credit, curtain, dedicate, demand, desire,
     devote, direct, do, dose, dose with, draw a parallel, dress up,
     drudge, eclipse, embellish, embrocate, employ, enforce,
     enforce upon, enrich, entreat, equate, equip, exercise, exploit,
     fasten, file for, film, finger, fit out, fix, focus, force,
     force upon, furbish, garnish, gear, give, glue, go, go after,
     grind, handle, hood, identify, implore, importune, impute, indent,
     interrelate, interview, lay on, lay over, link, make,
     make a request, make a requisition, make application, mantle, mask,
     memorialize, mete out to, muffle, name, nominate, obduce, obscure,
     occult, order, outfit, overlay, overspread, parallel, parallelize,
     pay attention, pertain, petition, place, pray, prefer a petition,
     prescribe for, press, put, put in, put in for, put in force,
     put in practice, put into execution, put on, put to use, put upon,
     recur, refer, register, relate, relativize, repair, request,
     requisition, rig, rub in, rub on, run, screen, scum, seek,
     set about, set off, shield, sign a petition, solicit, spread over,
     spruce up, stick, sue, suit, superimpose, superpose, supplicate,
     take on, tap, tend, throw, tie, toil, try out, turn, turn out,
     undertake, urge, use, utilize, veil, wed, whistle for, wish
  
  

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