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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)

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.

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."