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
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: go for, hold
ask (for something)
He applied for a leave of absence|She applied for college|apply for a job
apply to a surface
She applied paint to the back of the house|Put on make-up!
Synonym: put on
be applicable to; as to an analysis
This theory lends itself well to our new data
Synonym: lend oneself
give or convey physically
She gave him First Aid|I gave him a punch in the nose
Synonym: give
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: practice, use
ensure observance of laws and rules
Apply the rules to everyone
Synonym: implement, enforce
refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
He applied this racial slur to me!
apply oneself to
Please apply yourself to your homework