verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
Origin of apply
Synonyms for apply
Related Words for appliesadminister, spread, cover, claim, appeal, demand, devote, study, give, try, address, commit, employ, handle, practice, implement, exercise, relate, pertain, involve
Examples from the Web for applies
Contemporary Examples of applies
The injunction, she argued, only applies to these four plaintiffs—not to anyone else.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
In particular, it applies to immigrants who lost their U.S. citizenship after their involvement in World War II was discovered.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
He said something that applies to cops of whatever race in whatever jurisdiction.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
But thanks to a 1997 Supreme Court decision, it only applies to the federal government, not the states.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
There is a mini-salon station that applies sparkles onto willing attendees nails.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014
Sarah Bay Williams
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of applies
Now, this applies only so far as individuals are indicated, and it is so far right.
The same principle (by the way) applies to the difficult problem of wives.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
This applies to individuals just as truly as it does to mankind.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
That applies especially to concepts borrowed of the white men.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
What Mrs. Chisholm described to Mrs. Stowe as the secret of her success, applies to all life.Self-Help
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.