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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.


Synonymsgive


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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