Definition of "apply" [ap•ply]

  • (verb-transitive) To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to: applied glue sparingly to the paper.
  • (verb-transitive) To put to or adapt for a special use: applies all her money to her mortgage.
  • (verb-transitive) To put into action: applied the brakes.
  • (verb-transitive) To devote (oneself or one's efforts) to something: applied myself to my studies.
  • (verb-intransitive) To be pertinent or relevant: a rule that applies to everyone.

Use "apply" in a sentence

  • "If they were asked to define “press” as a group of people, they would have had the term apply to all able-bodied citizens."
  • "Does not the term apply to all who can make any sort of useful product or commodity?"
  • "To insist that the term apply only to those who fear G-d purely- 100%- would probably rule out most of the people you and I know."

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