Dictionary Results for apply


1. apply - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): use, utilize, utilise, employ




2. apply - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): hold, go_for

Hypernym(s): refer, pertain, relate, concern, come_to, bear_on, touch, touch_on, have_to_do_with




3. apply - verb

· ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"

Hypernym(s): request, ask_for, bespeak, call_for, quest




4. apply - verb

· apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"

Synonym(s): put_on

Hypernym(s): cover




5. apply - verb

· be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"

Synonym(s): lend_oneself




6. apply - verb

· give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"

Synonym(s): give

Hypernym(s): distribute, administer, mete_out, deal, parcel_out, lot, dispense, shell_out, deal_out, dish_out, allot, dole_out




7. apply - verb

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

Synonym(s): practice, use




8. apply - verb

· ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"

Synonym(s): enforce, implement

Hypernym(s): compel, oblige, obligate




9. apply - verb

· refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"

Hypernym(s): denote, refer




10. apply - verb

· apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"

Hypernym(s): give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote





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