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apply

[uh-plahy] /əˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), applied, applying.
1.
to make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent:
to apply a theory to a problem.
2.
to put to use, especially for a particular purpose:
to apply pressure to open a door.
3.
to bring into action; use; employ:
He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop.
4.
to use a label or other designation:
Don't apply any such term to me.
5.
to use for or assign to a specific purpose:
He applied a portion of his salary each week to savings.
6.
to put into effect:
They applied the rules to new members only.
7.
to devote or employ diligently or with close attention:
to apply one's mind to a problem; to apply oneself to a task.
8.
to place in contact with; lay or spread on:
to apply paint to a wall; to apply a bandage to a wound.
9.
to bring into physical contact with or close proximity to:
to apply a match to gunpowder.
10.
to credit to, as an account:
to apply $10 to his account at the store.
verb (used without object), applied, applying.
11.
to be pertinent, suitable, or relevant:
The argument applies to the case. The theory doesn't apply.
12.
to make an application or request; ask:
to apply for a job; to apply for a raise.
13.
to lay or spread on:
The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface.
14.
to be placed or remain in contact:
This paint doesn't apply very easily.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Related forms
appliable, adjective
appliableness, noun
appliably, adverb
applier, noun
preapply, verb (used with object), preapplied, preapplying.
reapply, verb, reapplied, reapplying.
unappliable, adjective
unappliably, adverb
Synonyms
3. utilize. 5. appropriate, allot, assign, dedicate. 12. petition, sue, entreat.
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British Dictionary definitions for applier

apply

/əˈplaɪ/
verb -plies, -plying, -plied
1.
(transitive) to put to practical use; utilize; employ
2.
(intransitive) to be relevant, useful, or appropriate
3.
(transitive) to cause to come into contact with; put onto
4.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to put in an application or request
5.
(transitive) often foll by to. to devote (oneself, one's efforts) with diligence
6.
(transitive) to bring into operation or use the police only applied the law to aliens
7.
(transitive) to refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing
Derived Forms
applier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to
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Word Origin and History for applier
apply
late 14c., from O.Fr. aplier (Mod.Fr. appliquer), from L. applicare "to attach to, to devote oneself to," from ad- "to" + plicare "fold" see ply (v.)). The etymological sense is "to bring things in contact with one another."
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