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apply

verb (v)

  • put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: employ, use, utilise, utilize
    Example:
    Apply a magnetic field here.
    I apply this rule to get good results.
    source: wordnet30
  • be pertinent or relevant or applicable (verb.stative)
    Synonym: go for, hold
    Example:
    The same laws apply to you!.
    source: wordnet30
  • ask (for something) (verb.communication)
    Example:
    Apply for a job.
    source: wordnet30
  • apply to a surface (verb.contact)
    Synonym: daub, put on
    source: wordnet30
  • be applicable to; as to an analysis (verb.stative)
    Synonym: lend oneself
    Antonym: defy, refuse, resist
    source: wordnet30
  • give or convey physically (verb.possession)
    Synonym: give
    source: wordnet30
  • avail oneself to (verb.social)
    Synonym: practice, use
    Example:
    Apply a principle.
    source: wordnet30
  • ensure observance of laws and rules (verb.social)
    Synonym: enforce, implement
    Antonym: exempt, free, relieve
    Example:
    Apply the rules to everyone.
    source: wordnet30
  • refer (a word or name) to a person or thing (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • apply oneself to (verb.social)
    Example:
    Please apply yourself to your homework.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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