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1. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.

Synonyms

  • implement
  • use
  • overuse
  • assign
  • give
  • utilize
  • pull out all the stops
  • recycle
  • reuse
  • waste
  • exploit
  • dedicate
  • address
  • recur
  • cannibalize
  • misapply
  • avail
  • work
  • extend
  • cannibalise
  • fall back
  • enjoy
  • consecrate
  • put
  • share
  • put to work
  • utilise
  • hold
  • devote
  • reprocess
  • employ
  • play
  • go for
  • strain
  • commit
  • practice
  • ply
  • exercise
  • resort
  • exert
  • overdrive
  • misuse
  • take

Antonyms

  • supply
  • refrain
  • demote
  • promote

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Apply

  • adl-tabatabai
  • dwi
  • oversupply
  • standby
  • semidry
  • resupply
  • private-eye
  • isty
  • drip-dry
  • cspi
  • whereby
  • underly
  • underlie
  • overfly
  • mistry
  • mcfly
  • lxi
  • drive-by
  • comply
  • versailles
  • thereby
  • switaj
  • supply
  • sundai
  • sri
  • shanghai
  • sci
  • retry
  • reply
  • nearby

How do you pronounce apply?

Pronounce apply as əˈplaɪ.

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Sentences with apply


1. Verb, base form
Continue to apply the pre-wrap until you have covered the area up to the ball of your foot.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Market yourself to independent novelists to gain additional experience as a proofreader while you apply for professional reading positions.

Quotes about apply


1. Good acting is thinking in front of the camera. I just do that and apply a sense of humor to it. You have to trust the audience to get it.
- Charles Grodin

2. The Great Idea in advertising is far more than the sum of the recognition scores, the ratings and all the other superficial indicators of its success; it is in the realm of myth, to which measurements cannot apply.
- Leo Bogart

3. It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

2. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] be pertinent or relevant or applicable.

Synonyms

  • pertain
  • concern
  • bear on
  • touch on
  • touch
  • go for
  • come to
  • relate
  • lend oneself
  • refer
  • hold

Antonyms

  • go
  • skew
  • tactlessness
  • assemble

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] ask (for something).

Synonyms

  • bespeak
  • quest
  • submit
  • put in
  • request

Antonyms

  • ride
  • conserve
  • inactivity
  • abstain

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] apply to a surface.

Synonyms

  • cover
  • slam on
  • swab
  • sponge on
  • daub
  • put on
  • dab
  • cold-cream
  • slap on
  • clap on
  • gum
  • dress
  • swob
  • putty

Antonyms

  • forfeit
  • deny
  • withdraw
  • take

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] be applicable to; as to an analysis.

Synonyms

  • go for
  • lend oneself

Antonyms

  • studio
  • idle
  • fail

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

6. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] give or convey physically.

Synonyms

  • dispense
  • dole out
  • deal out
  • administer
  • distribute
  • parcel out
  • give
  • lot
  • shell out
  • allot
  • dish out
  • mete out
  • deal

Antonyms

  • breastfeed
  • starve
  • bottlefeed
  • disinherit

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

7. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] refer (a word or name) to a person or thing.

Synonyms

  • denote

Antonyms

  • functional
  • uselessness

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

8. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] avail oneself to.

Synonyms

  • utilize
  • employ
  • follow
  • practice
  • utilise

Antonyms

  • disallow
  • refuse
  • shrink
  • hide

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

9. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] ensure observance of laws and rules; .

Synonyms

  • implement
  • oblige
  • run
  • obligate
  • compel
  • enforce

Antonyms

  • explode
  • stay
  • stand still
  • inelasticity

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))

10. apply

verb. ['əˈplaɪ'] apply oneself to.

Synonyms

  • give
  • consecrate
  • commit
  • dedicate

Antonyms

  • recuperate
  • providence
  • hospitable
  • strengthen

Etymology

  • -y (English)
  • -y (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • aplier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • apple (English)
  • appel (Middle English (1100-1500))
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