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apply (oneself) to (something)

To put forth effort toward some task or goal. Honey, if you would just apply yourself to your schoolwork, you would get much better grades.
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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

apply to

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"He felt sure," he said, "that all her other friends would come to her assistance." She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he would repel the hounds with his horns.
Now in this case the name of the species man' is applied to the individual, for we use the term 'man' in describing the individual; and the definition of 'man' will also be predicated of the individual man, for the individual man is both man and animal.
Again, when a thing is present in a subject, though the name may quite well be applied to that in which it is present, the definition cannot be applied.
But it was stated above that the word 'univocal' was applied to those things which had both name and definition in common.
Is the knowledge of local circumstances, as applied to taxation, a minute topographical acquaintance with all the mountains, rivers, streams, highways, and bypaths in each State; or is it a general acquaintance with its situation and resources, with the state of its agriculture, commerce, manufactures, with the nature of its products and consumptions, with the different degrees and kinds of its wealth, property, and industry?
The objection, when applied to real property or to houses and lands, appears to have, at first sight, more foundation, but even in this view it will not bear a close examination.
You will find that the clause which devises the whole residue of your husband's estate to Admiral Bartram ends in these terms: to be by him applied to such uses as he may think fit.
The advocates for the stage have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civilised and in the most religious government; namely, that they are applied to virtuous purposes, and that by the most lively representations, they fail not to recommend virtue and generous principles, and to discourage and expose all sorts of vice and corruption of manners; and were it true that they did so, and that they constantly adhered to that rule, as the test of their acting on the theatre, much might be said in their favour.
Causing some consternation among tax professionals is the court's apparent focus, not on the business purpose of the overall transaction, but instead on a specific step or one part of a specific step (i.e., the assumption of asbestos liabilities in exchange for the creditor position of a note), suggesting that a more micro-level economic-substance analysis must be applied to a multistep transaction.
The proposed regulations reserve on the definition of "unit of property" as applied to "network assets" such as railroad track oil and gas pipelines, water and sewage pipelines, power transmission and distribution lines, and telephone and cable lines that are owned or leased by taxpayers in each of those respective industries.
2036(a)(1) applied to the transfer by Albert Strangi of approximately $10 million of assets to an FLP in exchange for a 99 percent limited partnership interest, or whether the transfer of assets to the partnership would be respected for estate tax purposes so that the asset subject to valuation in Strangi's estate would be the limited partnership interest.
She described her symptoms as "uncontrollable crying," "throwing up before work," and "inability to concentrate." Upon receipt of her claim for benefits the insurer informed Lang that the mental illness limitation applied to her claim.
The various types can be applied to the metal substrate using a chemical bath in an electrolytic or electroless process (with or without anodes), or via vacuum chamber using physical vapor deposition (PVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), or plasma-assisted CVD (PACVD).
(1), each force [F.sub.j] applied to a transducer undergoing force calibration is paired with a response [R.sub.j] of the transducer to that applied force.
OTTAWA -- Newer and clearer spending rules are being applied to registered charities under the amendments to the Income Tax Act.
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