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  1. [verb] put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't make use of this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
    Synonyms: use, utilize, utilise, employ

  2. [verb] be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
    Synonyms: hold, go for

  3. [verb] ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"

  4. [verb] apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
    Synonyms: put on

  5. [verb] be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
    Synonyms: lend oneself

  6. [verb] give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
    Synonyms: give

  7. [verb] avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
    Synonyms: practice, use

  8. [verb] ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
    Synonyms: enforce, implement

  9. [verb] refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!"

  10. [verb] apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"


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