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"apply" in British English

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applyverb

uk   us   /əˈplaɪ/

apply verb (REQUEST)

B1 [I] to ​request something, usually ​officially, ​especially in writing or by ​sending in a ​form: By the ​time I ​saw the ​jobadvertised it was already too late to apply. I've applied for a new ​job with the ​localnewspaper. Please apply in writing to the ​address below. We've applied to a ​charitableorganization for a ​grant for the ​project. [+ to infinitive] Mandy applied tojoin the ​police.
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apply verb (RELATE TO)

B2 [I] (​especially of ​rules or ​laws) to have a ​connection or be ​important: That ​part of the ​form is for UK ​citizens - it doesn't apply to you. Those were ​oldregulations - they don't apply any more.
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apply verb (USE)

C1 [T] to make use of something or use it for a ​practicalpurpose: He ​wants a ​job in which he can apply his ​foreignlanguages. The ​courtheard how the ​driver had ​failed to apply his ​brakes in ​time. If you apply ​pressure to a ​cut it's ​meant to ​stop the ​bleeding.
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apply verb (PUT ON)

[T] to ​spread or ​rub a ​substance such as ​cream or ​paint on a ​surface: Apply the ​creamliberally toexposedareas every three ​hours and after ​swimming. The ​paint should be applied ​thinly and ​evenly.

apply verb (WORK HARD)

apply yourself C2 If you apply yourself to something, you ​work hard at it, ​directingyourabilities and ​efforts in a ​determined way so that you ​succeed: You can ​solve any ​problem if you apply yourself.
(Definition of apply from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"apply" in American English

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applyverb

 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 ​lawschool.

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 ​rubcream, ​paint, etc., on a ​surface: She applied the ​lotiongently to her sunburned ​arms.

apply verb (USE)

[T] to make use of something for a ​particularpurpose: As a ​translator, he was ​able to apply his ​knowledge of ​foreignlanguages. The ​driverfailed 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.
(Definition of apply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"apply" in Business English

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applyverb

uk   us   /əˈplaɪ/
[I] HR, FINANCE to ​officiallyask for something such as a ​job, a ​place on a ​course, or a ​loan, usually by completing a ​specialform 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 ​charitableorganization 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 ​internetcompany, ​consumerprotectionlaws 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 ​realsituation: 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.
(Definition of apply from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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