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 applying
But Cosby Truthers are applying their principles to the wrong cause.
“You are applying Western metrics to someone who is not using that metric against you,” referring to ISIS, Bolger said.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Sikhs are even discriminated against when applying to join the NYPD because of their turbans and beards.
Applying the apartheid label is incorrect—and is also confusing because it obscures the tyranny which is in force.
He and his cohorts practiced “psychogeography,” taking maps of other cities and applying them to their own.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places|Nina Strochlic|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the ironmasters were now skeptical, and refused to be again inveigled into applying for licenses.Every-day Science: Volume VI. The Conquest of Nature|Henry Smith Williams
Applying them again to his eyes, his frown became still darker.The Eagle Cliff|R.M. Ballantyne
For some time he was incapable of applying to study or business.
This was a set-back to Jerry, who hated everything yellow, and who had never dreamed of applying that color to her hair.Gretchen|Mary J. Holmes
A small bristle brush is good for applying, but care must be used as in using glue not to use too much of the syrup.Candy-Making Revolutionized|Mary Elizabeth Hall
British Dictionary definitions for applying
verb -plies, -plying or -plied
Word Origin for apply
Word Origin and History for applying
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.