v. ap·plied, ap·ply·ing, ap·plies
1. To bring into contact with something; put on: applied glue sparingly to the paper.
2. To put to or adapt for a special use: applies all her money to her mortgage.
3. To put into action: applied the brakes.
4. To engage (oneself) in a task with close attention or persistence: applied myself to my studies.
1. To be pertinent or relevant: a rule that applies to everyone.
2. To request or seek assistance, employment, or admission: applied for unemployment benefits; will apply to college next year.
[Middle English applien, from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre, to affix : ad-, ad- + plicāre, to fold together; see plek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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