- (transitive) To lay or place; to put (one thing to another)
- to apply cream to a rash
- 1697, John Dryden, Translation of Virgil's Aeneid:
- He said, and to the sword his throat applied.
- (transitive) To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case
- (transitive) To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative
- We need to apply the skills we've learned to solve this problem
- (transitive) To put closely; to join; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention
- (transitive) To address; to refer; generally used reflexively.
- (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.
- 1974 August 7, Ronald A. Frank, “SP Seeks Approval for Coast-to-Coast Digital Net”, in Computerworld, page 15:
- Southern Pacific Communications Co. (SP) has applied to the FCC for approval of the first coast-to-coast digital data transmission service.
- (intransitive) To pertain or be relevant to a specified individual or group.
- That rule only applies to foreigners.
- (obsolete) To busy; to keep at work; to ply.
- a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:
- She was no less skillful in applying his humours.
- (obsolete) To visit.
- [1611?], Homer, “(please specify |book=I to XXIV)”, in Geo[rge] Chapman, transl., The Iliads of Homer Prince of Poets. […], London: […] Nathaniell Butter, OCLC 614803194; The Iliads of Homer, Prince of Poets, […], volume (please specify the book number), new edition, London: Charles Knight and Co., […], 1843, OCLC 987451361:
- His 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.
- → Cebuano: aplay
to lay or place
to make use of
to engage diligently
to betake, address
to submit oneself as a candidate
to be relevant to a specified individual
- Alternative spelling of