• verb: to ask formally for something (such as a job, admission to a school, a loan, etc.) usually in writing
  • verb: to put to use especially for some practical purpose
  • often + 'for'
  • synonyms: appropriate, devote, attach


  • Many high school students have begun 'applying for college'. [=asking to be accepted as students at colleges or universities by filling out and sending applications]

  • He was able to stop the bleeding by 'applying' pressure to the cut. [=by pressing on/against the cut]

  • We can handle these problems effectively if we 'apply' the lessons learned from past experiences.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) What's that? This necktie. It's not right. Well, it's not a necktie, dear. It's an ascot. Yes, but generally the same principles should apply, shouldn't they? It's not right. It's not right, or you don't like it? I don't like how this looks. Looks distinguished and debonair to me. (..)
    2014 Selma