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English definition of “apply”

apply

verb
 
 
/əˈplaɪ/
ASK [I] B1 to ask officially for something, often by writing: I've applied for a job. He has applied to several companies.Making appeals and requests
AFFECT [I] B2 to affect or relate to a particular person or situation: This law only applies to married people.Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning
USE [T] to use something in a particular situation: The same method can be applied to other situations.Using and misusing
ON SURFACE [T] to spread a substance on a surface: Apply the cream daily until the symptoms disappear.Covering and adding layers
apply yourself to work hard: If he doesn't apply himself, he'll never pass his exams.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
(Definition of apply from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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