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"apply" in British English

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applyverb

uk   /əˈplaɪ/  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 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] Mandy applied to join 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 old regulations - 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 practical purpose: He wants a job in which he can apply his foreign languages. The court heard 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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(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 law school.
  • 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 rub cream, paint, etc., on a surface: She applied the lotion gently to her sunburned arms.
  • apply verb (USE)

[T] to make use of something for a particular purpose: As a translator, he was able to apply his knowledge of foreign languages. The driver failed 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 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.
(Definition of apply from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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