usage: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use 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"
2. apply, hold, go for, refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with
usage: 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"
3. apply, request, bespeak, call for, quest
usage: ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
4. put on, apply, cover
usage: apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
5. lend oneself, apply
usage: be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
usage: apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
1. applied (vs. theoretical), forensic, practical
usage: concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; "applied physics"; "applied psychology"; "technical problems in medicine, engineering, economics and other applied disciplines"- Sidney Hook