[ uh-plahy ]
/ əˈplaɪ /

verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

Nearby words

  1. applied kinematics,
  2. applied linguistics,
  3. applique,
  4. appliqued,
  5. appliqué,
  6. appmt.,
  7. appoggiatura,
  8. appoint,
  9. appointed,
  10. appointee

Origin of apply

1350–1400; Middle English ap(p)lien < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)lier < Latin applicāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plicāre to fold; see ply2

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British Dictionary definitions for reapply


/ (ˌriːəˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

(tr) to put or spread (something) on againreapply sunscreen frequently
(intr often foll by for) to put in an application or request again


/ (əˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

Derived Formsapplier, noun

Word Origin for apply

C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to

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Word Origin and History for reapply



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.

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