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Spanish translation of “apply”


verb /əˈplai/ (past tense, past participle applied)
(with to) to put (something) on or against something else She applied ointment to the cut. (with to) to use (something) for some purpose
He applied his wits to planning their escape.
(with for) to ask for (something) formally You could apply (to the manager) for a job. (with to) to concern This rule applies to all students. to be in force The rule doesn’t apply at weekends. appliance /əˈplai-/ noun an instrument or tool used for a particular job The company makes washing machines and other electrical appliances. applicable /ˈӕpli-/ adjective This rule is not applicable (to you) any longer. applicability noun
the applicability of linguistic theory to second language learning.
applicant /ˈӕpli-/ noun a person who applies (for a job etc) There were over two hundred applicants for the position. application /ӕpli-/ noun a formal request; an act of applying We have received several applications for the new job The syllabus can be obtained on application to the headmaster. hard work He has got a good job through sheer application. an ointment etc applied to a cut, wound etc. applied (of a subject) studied for a practical purpose applied linguistics. apply oneself/one’s mind (with to) to give one’s full attention or energy (to a task etc) If he applied himself, he could pass his exams.
(Definition of apply from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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