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 applyadminister, spread, cover, claim, appeal, demand, devote, study, give, try, address, commit, employ, handle, practice, implement, exercise, relate, pertain, involve
Examples from the Web for apply
Contemporary Examples of apply
She began teaching herself how to apply makeup through books and videos.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
The idea was to identify what they are and apply them to different snacks, beverages, and foods.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
Based on our conversation, he decided to do more research and apply to at least one small selective college.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?
December 9, 2014
“This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently,” Obama said.Will 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants Take Obama's Tough Love Immigration Deal?
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 21, 2014
Crooks can use it to apply for credit, file fake claims with insurers, or buy drugs and medical equipment that can be resold.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
Historical Examples of apply
If you ever want to borrow this boat, you'll have to apply to me.Brave and Bold
He did apply, and at the end of a month, no answer had been returned to his communication.
I did not, sir, apply it to a gentleman; I applied it to Mr Chatterton.
In my case, the minister himself proposed to apply for my testimonials.
You may be almost the first girl to apply, or you may be among the latest, but not the too latest.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
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.