apply


apply
verb (applied; applying) Etymology: Middle English applien, from Anglo-French aplier, from Latin applicare, from ad- + plicare to fold — more at ply Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to put to use especially for some practical purpose <
applies pressure to get what he wants
>
b. to bring into action <
apply the brakes
>
c. to lay or spread on <
apply varnish
>
d. to put into operation or effect <
apply a law
>
2. to employ diligently or with close attention <
should apply yourself to your work
>
intransitive verb 1. to have relevance or a valid connection <
this rule applies to freshmen only
>
2. to make an appeal or request especially in the form of a written application <
apply for a job
>
applier noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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