Student Thesaurus

One entry found for apply.
Entry Word: apply
Function: verb
Text: 1 to have a relation or connection <does your rule about calling home apply to me as well?>
Synonyms appertain, bear, pertain, refer, relate
Related Words affect, concern, interest, involve, touch; associate, connect, couple, interrelate, link, tie in; deal (with), treat
Phrases have to do with
2 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention <Sam applied himself to writing thank-you letters to everyone who'd helped sponsor him for the jamboree>
Synonyms address, bend, buckle, devote, give
Related Words readdress, reapply; knuckle down, set (to), settle (down); busy, commit, concern, engage, involve; exert, exhaust, put out, spend, strain, stress, tax, trouble, wear out; carry on, pitch in, plunge (in); grind, hump, hustle, peg (away), plod, plow, plug (away), work
Near Antonyms dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle, fool (around), idle, mess (around), monkey (around), play, potter, putter, trifle
3 to put a layer of on a surface <apply the ointment liberally> -- see SPREAD 2
4 to put into action or service <apply the laws of motion to this physics problem> -- see USE 1
5 to bring to bear especially forcefully or effectively <apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding> -- see EXERT
6 to carry out effectively <a police officer applying the law> -- see ENFORCE