# apply

apply is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 apply

## Contents

### Pronunciation

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## Verb

 Plain form apply Third-person singular applies Past tense applied Past participle applied Present participle applying
1. (intransitive) If a rule, a principle, a law, etc. applies, it has some effect on the situation.
The new anti-smoking law applies only to public buildings.
I understand the idea, but I don't think it applies here.
2. (intransitive) If you apply for something, you formally say that you want it or you want to do it.
After high school, he applied to three universities and was accepted by all of them.
You have to go to the government office to apply for a passport.
3. (transitive) If you apply something such as an idea, rule, formula, etc., you use it.
I found it hard to apply the principles I learned at school to the problems I faced at work.
You can't just take one rule and apply it in every situation.
4. (transitive) If you apply yourself, you focus on something and work hard at it.
He's really smart, but he just has a hard time applying himself to his school work.
5. (transitive) If you apply $x$ to $y$, you put or spread $x$ on $y$.
It's dangerous to 'apply makeup while driving a car.
Apply pressure to the cut until the bleeding stops.
6. (transitive) If you apply something, you turn it on, usually by pushing something.
Apply the brakes gently to stop the car without sliding.
7. (intransitive) If a word applies, it is used to mean a particular thing.
The word resident applies to anyone living there.