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- (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.
- (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.
- (transitive) If you apply something such as an idea, rule, formula, or piece of information, etc., you use it to do something, work with something, or handle a situation.
- 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.
- I applied the old saying "what goes around, comes around" to the situation and stopped myself from being mean when I didn't need to.
- (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.
- (transitive) If you apply to , you put or spread on .
- It's dangerous to 'apply makeup while driving a car.
- Apply pressure to the cut until the bleeding stops.
- (transitive) If you apply something, you turn it on, usually by pushing something.
- Apply the brakes gently to stop the car without sliding.
- (intransitive) If a word applies, it is used to mean a particular thing.
- The word resident applies to anyone living there.