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English verb: apply

1. apply (consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

SamplesUse 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.

Synonymsemploy, use, utilise, utilize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)address, assign, avail, cannibalise, cannibalize, commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, enjoy, exercise, exert, exploit, exploit, extend, fall back, give, implement, misapply, misuse, overdrive, overuse, play, play, ply, pull out all the stops, put, put to work, recur, recycle, reprocess, resort, reuse, share, strain, take, tap, waste, work, work

Causeapply, go for, hold

Verb groupapply, practice, use

2. apply (stative) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

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

Synonymsgo for, hold

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

Verb groupapply, lend oneself

3. apply (communication) ask (for something)

SamplesHe applied for a leave of absence.
She applied for college.
Apply for a job.

ExamplesThey apply to move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)put in, submit

4. apply (contact) apply to a surface

SamplesShe applied paint to the back of the house.
Put on make-up!.

Synonymsput on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)clap on, cold-cream, cream, dab, daub, dress, gum, putty, slam on, slap on, sponge on, swab, swob

5. apply (stative) be applicable to; as to an analysis

SamplesThis theory lends itself well to our new data.

Synonymslend oneself

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Verb groupapply, go for, hold

Antonymsresist, defy, refuse

6. apply (possession) give or convey physically

SamplesShe gave him First Aid.
I gave him a punch in the nose.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

Narrower (hyponym)administer, tread

Verb groupgive

7. apply (social) avail oneself to

SamplesApply a principle.
Practice a religion.
Use care when going down the stairs.
Use your common sense.
Practice non-violent resistance.

Synonymspractice, use

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)follow

Verb groupapply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

8. apply (social) ensure observance of laws and rules

SamplesApply the rules to everyone.

Synonymsenforce, implement

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

Narrower (hyponym)execute, execute, run

Antonymsexempt, relieve, free

9. apply (communication) refer (a word or name) to a person or thing

SamplesHe applied this racial slur to me!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

10. apply (social) apply oneself to

SamplesPlease apply yourself to your homework.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, give

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