verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
- applied kinematics,
- applied linguistics,
Origin of apply
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.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions|John Donne
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
verb -plies, -plying or -plied
Word Origin for apply
late 14c., "to put (one's faculties, etc.) to some task or career," late 14c., from Old French aploiier "apply, use, attach" (12c., Modern French appliquer), from Latin applicare "attach to, join, connect;" figuratively, "devote (oneself) to, give attention," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + plicare "fold" (see ply (v.1)). The etymological sense is "bring things in contact with one another." Of lotions, from early 15c. Meaning "seek a job by submitting an application for one" is from 1851. A by-form applicate is recorded from 1530s. Related: Applied; applying.