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English definition of “apply”

apply

verb     /əˈplaɪ/
[I] HR, FINANCE to officially ask for something such as a job, a place on a course, or a loan, usually by completing a special form or writing a letter: Please apply before April 4th.apply for sth I'm applying for a new job.apply to do sth How do you apply to extend your visa?apply to sb/sth (for sth) We've applied to a charitable organization for a grant for the project.
[I] if something such as a rule, condition, or tax applies, it affects a particular person or situation: Whether you are a shoe store or an internet company, consumer protection laws apply.apply to sb/sth The tax would only apply to meals in restaurants.
[T] to make use of something for a practical purpose or in a real situation: apply knowledge/techniques/theory Applicants should be willing to learn and apply new techniques.apply sth to sth He applied the knowledge he gained at university to his new job.
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(Definition of apply verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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