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apply

verb  us   /əˈplɑɪ/

apply verb (REQUEST)

[I] to request something, usually officially, esp. by writing or by sending in a form: to apply for a job/loan She applied for admission to law school.

apply verb (HAVE TO DO WITH)

[I] (esp. of rules or laws) to have to do with someone or something; relate: The same rules apply to everybody.

apply verb (PUT ON)

[T] to spread or rub cream, paint, etc., on a surface: She applied the lotion gently to her sunburned arms.

apply verb (USE)

[T] to make use of something for a particular purpose: As a translator, he was able to apply his knowledge of foreign languages. The driver failed to apply his brakes in time. [T] If you apply yourself to something, you work hard at it.
applicable
adjective  us   /ˈæp·lɪ·kə·bəl, əˈplɪk·ə-/
This law is only applicable to nonprofit organizations.
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