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Definition 1: ask (for something) - [verb of communication]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He applied for a leave of absence
  • She applied for college
  • apply for a job

(apply is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

(... is a kind of apply ) make an application as for a job or funding

"We put in a grant to the NSF"

Definition 2: refer (a word or name) to a person or thing - [verb of communication]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He applied this racial slur to me!

(apply is a kind of ...) have as a meaning

"`multi-' denotes `many' "

Definition 3: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose - [verb of consumption]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • use your head!
  • we only use Spanish at home
  • I can't use this tool
  • Apply a magnetic field here
  • This thinking was applied to many projects
  • How do you utilize this tool?
  • I apply this rule to get good results
  • use the plastic bags to store the food
  • He doesn't know how to use a computer

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of apply ) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

"She committed herself to the work of God" "give one's talents to a good cause" "consecrate your life to the church"

(... is a kind of apply ) use or manipulate to one's advantage

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

(... is a kind of apply ) draw from; make good use of

"we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

(... is a kind of apply ) use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

"He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro" "Don't strain your mind too much"

(... is a kind of apply ) put to use

"exert one's power or influence"

(... is a kind of apply ) have benefit from

"enjoy privileges"

(... is a kind of apply ) travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route

"He takes the bus to work" "She takes Route 1 to Newark"

(... is a kind of apply ) use jointly or in common

(... is a kind of apply ) cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design

"implement a procedure"

(... is a kind of apply ) have recourse to

"The government resorted to rationing meat"

(... is a kind of apply ) use again after processing

"We must recycle the cardboard boxes"

(... is a kind of apply ) use parts of something to repair something else

(... is a kind of apply ) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(... is a kind of apply ) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

(... is a kind of apply ) use all resources available

"The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"

(... is a kind of apply ) attribute or give

"She put too much emphasis on her the last statement" "He put all his efforts into this job" "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"

(... is a kind of apply ) use diligently

"ply your wits!"

(... is a kind of apply ) address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question

(... is a kind of apply ) use inefficiently or inappropriately

"waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly

"The words are misapplied in this context" "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"

(... is a kind of apply ) use to one's advantage

"He availed himself of the available resources"

(... is a kind of apply ) make use of too often or too extensively

(apply causes ...) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

"The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

(apply has a similar meaning as ...) avail oneself to

"apply a principle" "practice a religion" "use care when going down the stairs" "use your common sense" "practice non-violent resistance"

Definition 4: apply to a surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She applied paint to the back of the house
  • Put on make-up!

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(apply is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

"dab the wall with paint"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply with a sponge

"The painter sponged on his washes"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply putty in order to fix or fill

"putty the window sash"

(... is a kind of apply ) put cold cream on one's face

(... is a kind of apply ) put on cream, as on one's face or body

"She creams her face every night"

(... is a kind of apply ) put a dressing on

"dress the salads"

(... is a kind of apply ) cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum

"if you gum the tape it is stronger"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply to a surface

"daub paint onto the wall"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply carelessly

"slap some paint onto the wall"

Definition 5: give or convey physically - [verb of possession]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She gave him First Aid
  • I gave him a punch in the nose

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(apply is a kind of ...) administer or bestow, as in small portions

"administer critical remarks to everyone present" "dole out some money" "shell out pocket money for the children" "deal a blow to someone" "the machine dispenses soft drinks"

(... is a kind of apply ) apply (the tread) to a tire

(... is a kind of apply ) perform (a church sacrament) ritually

"administer the last unction"

(apply has a similar meaning as ...) give (as medicine)

"I gave him the drug"

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • apply a principle
  • practice a religion
  • use care when going down the stairs
  • use your common sense
  • practice non-violent resistance

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of apply ) adhere to or practice

"These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

(apply has a similar meaning as ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Apply the rules to everyone

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(apply is a kind of ...) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

(... is a kind of apply ) carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

"Run the dishwasher" "run a new program on the Mac" "the computer executed the instruction"

(... is a kind of apply ) carry out the legalities of

"execute a will or a deed"

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please apply yourself to your homework

(apply is a kind of ...) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

"She committed herself to the work of God" "give one's talents to a good cause" "consecrate your life to the church"

Definition 9: be pertinent or relevant or applicable - [verb of stative]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The same laws apply to you!
  • This theory holds for all irrational numbers
  • The same rules go for everyone

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(apply is a kind of ...) be relevant to

"There were lots of questions referring to her talk" "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

(apply has a similar meaning as ...) be applicable to; as to an analysis

"This theory lends itself well to our new data"

Definition 10: be applicable to; as to an analysis - [verb of stative]

Samples where apply or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This theory lends itself well to our new data

Synonyms for apply in the sense of this definition

(apply has a similar meaning as ...) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

"The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

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