apply to


Also found in: Legal.

apply to

1. To use for a specific reason or goal. In this usage, a noun appears between "apply" and "to." I want to live debt-free, so I just applied all of my savings to my student loans.
2. To take action for a specific outcome. In this usage, a noun appears between "apply" and "to." If you apply more time to your studies, I'm sure you'll pass your test. Apply more pressure to stop the bleeding.
3. To rub or place something onto another surface. In this usage, a noun appears between "apply" and "to." Apply the cream to your foot once a day to reduce the inflammation. Have you applied the frosting to the cake yet?
4. To submit an application for something, such as a job, school, or program. I applied to the scholarship program, but I haven't heard anything back yet. Which colleges have you applied to?
5. To impact or be pertinent to a person, thing, or group. The new dress code applies to all employees, regardless of seniority. I'm pretty sure that rule only applies to underclassmen.
See also: apply

apply something to something

 
1. Lit. to put something onto the surface of something. Apply the decal to the surface of the glass. Apply the paint evenly to each surface.
2. Fig. to use something, such as force, effort, etc., on something or in the performance of some task. Apply more effort in your school work. An even greater effort has been applied to make sure we finish on time.
See also: apply

apply to someone or something

[for rules, laws, etc.] to affect someone or something; to be relevant to someone or something. Does this rule apply to me? These policies apply only to very large companies.
See also: apply

apply to

v.
1. To attach something to the surface of something: You must apply the glue to the paper sparingly, or else the paper will wrinkle.
2. To put something to some special use: She applied all her income to the mortgage.
3. To be pertinent or relevant to someone or something: This rule applies to everyone; there are no exceptions.
4. To request or seek assistance, admission, or employment from some organization: I will apply to college next year.
5. To devote someone or someone's efforts to something. Used reflexively: In the summer I relaxed, but in the fall I applied myself to my studies.
See also: apply
References in periodicals archive ?
Under section 355(f), the intragroup distribution provision does not apply to any distribution of stock from one member of an affiliated group (whether or not the group files a consolidated return) to another member of such group, if the distribution is part of a plan or series of related transactions to which section 355(e) applies.
36) To coordinate the two subsections, the bill contained a provision that section 355(e) would not apply to any distribution to which section 355(d) applied.
Subsection (f) provided that section 355, in its entirety, would not apply to the distribution of stock from one member of an affiliated group filing a consolidated return to another member of such group.
The bill would apply to distributions made after April 16, 1997, unless certain transition rules applied.
Section 355(e) will only apply to a distribution that is part of a "plan" pursuant to which a person or persons acquire a 50-percent or greater interest in the distributing or any controlled corporation.
Clearly, Congress intended that section 355(e) not apply to such a situation.
How does the 50-percent rule apply to market trading by shareholders of publicly traded corporations in anticipation of a distribution and acquisition?
There would seemingly be no need to use the word "any" (instead of "the") before "controlled corporation" if section 355(e) were not intended to apply to the distribution of C.
Thus, section 355(e) should not apply to Example 4, because there was no acquisition of the distributing corporation or any controlled corporation.
Section 355(e)(3)(A)(i) provides that section 355(e) does not apply to the acquisition of stock in the controlled corporation by the distributing corporation.
Section 355(e)(3)(A)(ii) provides that section 355(e) does not apply to the acquisition of stock in a controlled corporation by reason of holding stock in the distributing corporation.
Section 355(e)(3)(A)(iii) provides that section 355(e) does not apply to the acquisition of stock in any successor corporation of the distributing corporation or controlled corporation by reason of holding stock in such distributing or controlled corporation.
Section 355(e)(3)(A)(iv) provides that section 355(e) does not apply to the "acquisition of stock in a corporation if shareholders owning directly or indirectly stock possessing" more than 50 percent of the vote and value in either "the distributing or any controlled corporation before such acquisition own directly or indirectly stock possessing such vote and value in such distributing or controlled corporation after such acquisition.
Will the rules apply to distributions of more than one controlled corporation, or more than one distribution of the same controlled corporation?
Applied Materials stockholders should be aware that many of the SEC's tender offer rules do not apply to mini-tender offers, which are offers to buy less than 5 percent of a company's stock.