Apply
Apply Ap*ply", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Applied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Applying}.] [OF. aplier, F. appliquer, fr. L. applicare to join, fix, or attach to; ad + plicare to fold, to twist together. See {Applicant}, {Ply}.] 1. To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); -- with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body. [1913 Webster]

He said, and the sword his throat applied. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt. [1913 Webster]

3. To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person. [1913 Webster]

Yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline. [1913 Webster]

Apply thine heart unto instruction. --Prov. xxiii. 12. [1913 Webster]

5. To direct or address. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

6. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively. [1913 Webster]

I applied myself to him for help. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

7. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

She was skillful in applying his ``humors.'' --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

8. To visit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And he applied each place so fast. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

{Applied chemistry}. See under {Chemistry}.

{Applied mathematics}. See under {Mathematics}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Apply — Ap*ply , v. i. 1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case. [1913 Webster] 2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apply — I (pertain) verb affect, be applicable, be concerned with, be connected with, be pertinent, be proper to, be relevant, bear upon, belong to, concern, deal with, have a connection to, have bearing on, have reference, have relation, involve,… …   Law dictionary

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  • apply — ► VERB (applies, applied) 1) make a formal request for something to be done, such as asking to be considered for a job. 2) bring into operation or use. 3) be relevant. 4) put (a substance) on a surface. 5) (apply oneself) put all one s …   English terms dictionary

  • apply — 1 *use, employ, utilize, avail 2 devote, *direct, address Analogous words: attend, mind, *tend: addict, accustom, *habituate: toil, labor, work, grind (see corresponding nouns at WORK) Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • Apply — In mathematics and computer science, Apply is a function that applies functions to arguments. It is a central concept in programming languages derived from lambda calculus, such as LISP and Scheme, and also in functional languages. In particular …   Wikipedia

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