verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.
Origin of apply
Examples from the Web for apply
She began teaching herself how to apply makeup through books and videos.
The idea was to identify what they are and apply them to different snacks, beverages, and foods.
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?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
Crooks can use it to apply for credit, file fake claims with insurers, or buy drugs and medical equipment that can be resold.
Asitunan lag diyútay ug mahuswà ang kútiks, Just apply a little acetone on it, and the nail polish will come off.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
Miss Mitford says somewhere,—to no one better than to herself does this apply.Our Village|Mary Russell Mitford
But I know not how to apply the word in this sense to unity.Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies|Samuel Johnson
Article 10 reserves the rights of Poland and declares that this Agreement shall not apply to her.A Revision of the Treaty|John Maynard Keynes
Sometimes it may be necessary to scarify the gums, or to apply leeches to them.Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)|Edward Hazen
British Dictionary definitions for apply
verb -plies, -plying or -plied
Word Origin for apply
Word Origin and History 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.