ap·ply /əˈplaɪ/ 及物動詞
Ap·ply v. t. [imp. & p. p. Applied p. pr. & vb. n. Applying.]
1. To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); -- with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
He said, and the sword his throat applied. --Dryden.
2. To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt.
3. To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.
Yet God at last
To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. --Milton.
4. To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to incline.
Apply thine heart unto instruction. --Prov. xxiii. 12.
5. To direct or address. [R.]
Sacred vows . . . applied to grisly Pluto. --Pope.
6. To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.
I applied myself to him for help. --Johnson.
7. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. [Obs.]
She was skillful in applying his =\“humors.”\= --Sir P. Sidney.
8. To visit. [Obs.]
And he applied each place so fast. --Chapman.
Applied chemistry. See under Chemistry.
Applied mathematics. See under Mathematics.
Ap·ply, v. i.
1. To suit; to agree; to have some connection, agreement, or analogy; as, this argument applies well to the case.
2. To make request; to have recourse with a view to gain something; to make application. (to); to solicit; as, to apply to a friend for information.
3. To ply; to move. [R.]
I heard the sound of an oar applying swiftly through the water. --T. Moore.
4. To apply or address one's self; to give application; to attend closely (to).
v 1: 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"
[syn: use, utilize, utilise, employ]
2: 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" [syn: hold, go for]
3: ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence";
"She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
4: apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the
house"; "Put on make-up!" [syn: put on]
5: be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends
itself well to our new data" [syn: lend oneself] [ant: defy]
6: give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave
him a punch in the nose" [syn: give]
7: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a
religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use
your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
[syn: practice, use]
8: ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to
everyone"; [syn: enforce, implement] [ant: exempt]
9: refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied
this racial slur to me!"
10: apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"