apply

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. put or lay on, use; ask, request; work, persevere (See resolution).
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To make a request]
Syn. petition, demand, appeal, put in for; see ask 1 , beg 1 , try out for .
2. [To make use of]
Syn. utilize, employ, practice, implement; see use 1 .
3. [To place upon]
Syn. affix, fasten, stamp, administer, lay on, put on, spread on, place on, touch, bestow, rub in, massage in; see also fasten 1 , join 1 .
4. [To be relevant]
Syn. be pertinent, pertain, bear on, have bearing on, relate to, be applicable to, be adapted to, be suitable to, allude to, concern, touch, touch on, involve, affect, regard, have reference to, connect, refer, fit, fit the case, have some connection with, suit, be in relationship, hold good, hold true, come into play.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. utilize use, employ, implement.
2. dress spread on, put on, administer, smear.
3.devote dedicate, concentrate, *buckle down, *put one's nose to the grindstone, persevere, *give one's all, be diligent, *focus one's energies.
4. request petition, appeal, solicit, requisition.
5. pertain fit, suit, relate, refer.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To provide as a remedy: administer, dispense, give. See GIVE. 2. To put into action or use: actuate, employ, exercise, exploit, implement, practice, use, utilize. Idioms: avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, make use of, put into practice, put to use. See USED. 3. To devote (oneself or one's efforts): address, bend, buckle down, concentrate, dedicate, devote, direct, focus, give, turn. See COLLECT, WORK. 4. To be pertinent: appertain, bear on (or upon), concern, pertain, refer, relate. Idioms: have a bearing on, have to do with. See RELEVANT. 5. To bring an appeal or request, for example, to the attention of: address, appeal, approach, petition. Obsolete: sue. See REQUEST. 6. To look to when in need: go, refer, repair2, resort, run, turn. Idioms: fall back on (or upon), have recourse to. See USED. 7. To ask for employment, acceptance, or admission: petition, put in. See SEEK.

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