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English definition of “apply”

apply

verb (WORK HARD)    /əˈplaɪ/
apply yourself C2 If you apply yourself to something, you work hard at it, directing your abilities and efforts in a determined way so that you succeed: You can solve any problem if you apply yourself.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort
(Definition of apply verb (WORK HARD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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