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English definition of “apply”

apply

verb [I] (REQUEST)    /əˈplaɪ/
B1 to request something, usually officially, especially by writing or sending in a form: By the time I saw the job advertised it was already too late to apply. I've applied for a new job with the local newspaper. Please apply in writing to the address below. We've applied to a charitable organization for a grant for the project. [+ to infinitive] Tim's applied to join the police.Making appeals and requestsRecruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
(Definition of apply verb (REQUEST) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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