What is apply?

  • (verb): Put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.
    Example: "Apply a magnetic field here"; "I apply this rule to get good results"
    Synonyms: use, utilize, utilise, employ
    See also — Additional definitions below


In mathematics and computer science, Apply is a function that applies functions to arguments. It is central to programming languages derived from lambda calculus, such as LISP and Scheme, and also in functional languages. In particular, it has a role in the study of the denotational semantics of computer programs, because it is a continuous function on complete partial orders.

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... of the former Colony of Singapore continued to apply to the Island ... Bankruptcy Act 1914 (UK) continued to apply to the court ...
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... of complete partial orders endowed with the Scott topology, both curry and apply are continuous functions (that is, they are Scott continuous) ...
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... Law students generally apply in the Autumn term of their last year, whereas CPE students apply early in the CPE course ... Alternatively, one can apply online ...

More definitions of "apply":

  • (verb): Ask (for something).
    Example: "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
  • (verb): Be applicable to; as to an analysis.
    Synonyms: lend oneself
  • (verb): Apply to a surface.
    Synonyms: put on
  • (verb): Ensure observance of laws and rules.
    Example: "Apply the rules to everyone"
    Synonyms: enforce, implement
  • (verb): Give or convey physically.
    Synonyms: give
  • (verb): Refer (a word or name) to a person or thing.
    Example: "He applied this racial slur to me!"
  • (verb): Avail oneself to.
    Example: "Apply a principle"
    Synonyms: practice, use
  • (verb): Apply oneself to.
    Example: "Please apply yourself to your homework"
  • (verb): Be pertinent or relevant or applicable.
    Example: "The same laws apply to you!"
    Synonyms: hold, go for

Famous quotes containing the word apply:

    One must apply one’s reason to everything here, learning to obey, to shut up, to help, to be good, to give in, and I don’t know what else. I’m afraid I shall use up all my brains too quickly, and I haven’t got so very many. Then I shall not have any left for when the war is over.
    Anne Frank (1929–1945)

    A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)

    In child rearing it would unquestionably be easier if a child were to do something because we say so. The authoritarian method does expedite things, but it does not produce independent functioning. If a child has not mastered the underlying principles of human interactions and merely conforms out of coercion or conditioning, he has no tools to use, no resources to apply in the next situation that confronts him.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century)