[ uh-plahy ]
/ əˈplaɪ /

verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

Origin of apply

1350–1400; Middle English ap(p)lien < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)lier < Latin applicāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plicāre to fold; see ply2


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Examples from the Web for applier

  • Masser was the theoreticist—I was the applier, the one who translated equations into cold blueprints.

    Now We Are Three|Joe L. Hensley
  • Thou in thyself art Lord of both, and thou in thy Son art the physician, the applier of both.

  • I told him the reflection both of the poet and applier was much too general, and made with more ill-nature than good manners.

    Clarissa, Volume 7|Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for applier


/ (əˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

Derived Forms

applier, noun

Word Origin for apply

C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to
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