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apply

verb /əˈplai/ ( past tense, past participle applied)
(with to) to put (something) on or against something else
aplicar
She applied ointment to the cut.
(with to) to use (something) for some purpose
emplear
He applied his wits to planning their escape.
(with for) to ask for (something) formally
solicitar
You could apply (to the manager) for a job.
(with to) to concern
aplicarse
This rule applies to all students.
to be in force
ser válido, estar en vigor
The rule doesn’t apply at weekends.
appliance /əˈplai-/ noun an instrument or tool used for a particular job
aparato, electrodoméstico
The company makes washing machines and other electrical appliances.
applicable /ˈӕpli-/ adjective
aplicable
This rule is not applicable (to you) any longer.
applicability noun
aplicabilidad
the applicability of linguistic theory to second language learning.
applicant /ˈӕpli-/ noun a person who applies (for a job etc)
solicitante, candidato, aspirante
There were over two hundred applicants for the position.
application /ӕpli-/ noun a formal request; an act of applying
solicitud, candidatura, petición
We have received several applications for the new job The syllabus can be obtained on application to the headmaster.
hard work
aplicación
He has got a good job through sheer application.
an ointment etc applied to a cut, wound etc.
aplicación
applied (of a subject) studied for a practical purpose
aplicarse, dedicarse a
applied linguistics.
apply oneself/one’s mind ( with to) to give one’s full attention or energy (to a task etc)
aplicarse, dedicarse a
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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