Definition of "apply" []

  • To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to: applied glue sparingly to the paper. (verb-transitive)
  • To put to or adapt for a special use: applies all her money to her mortgage. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into action: applied the brakes. (verb-transitive)
  • To devote (oneself or one's efforts) to something: applied myself to my studies. (verb-transitive)
  • To be pertinent or relevant: a rule that applies to everyone. (verb-intransitive)
  • To put to practical use; utilize; employ (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be relevant, useful, or appropriate (verb)
  • To cause to come into contact with; put onto (verb)
  • To put in an application or request (verb)
  • To devote (oneself, one's efforts) with diligence (verb)
  • To bring into operation or use (verb)
  • To refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "apply" in a sentence
  • "If they were asked to define “press” as a group of people, they would have had the term apply to all able-bodied citizens."
  • "Does not the term apply to all who can make any sort of useful product or commodity?"
  • "To insist that the term apply only to those who fear G-d purely- 100%- would probably rule out most of the people you and I know."