apply (oneself) to (something)

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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. I refuse to apply myself to a losing proposition like this one. Why waste my time on something that will never get funding? I'm impressed with how much Greg has applied himself to this project.
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apply oneself to something

to work hard and diligently at something. You should apply yourself to your studies. She applied herself to her work and the time passed very rapidly.
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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
But, in the absence of any such miraculous provision, my desire was to apply myself to some pursuit that would not lie too heavily upon her purse; and to do my duty in it, whatever it might be.
Or, I'm going to apply myself to writing and will finish a collection of poetry by my 18th birthday.
"I am going to apply myself to do something and hopefully be playing that."
The people at KidsTek have helped me apply myself to my education."
"I think its good to have a balance of music and acting and apply myself to both, because I know that what I want to do to push myself, so its fun!" she said.
"And I had to really apply myself to the training, doing an extra bit here and there on top of my normal stuff.
I find that it's the challenges that keep things interesting and keep pushing me to get better at anything I apply myself to.
She added: "I'm actually really trying to apply myself to understanding who I am, how I work, what I've done in the past, and my childhood, and how I am at raising a child.
"I rely on other people because I can't apply myself to sit down to write 12 songs," he says.
I need to apply myself to that job and have the discipline to do it.
She says: "The headmaster was really up on raising the school's academic profile - and he didn't like me because he could see that I wasn't going to apply myself to work.
``The headmaster was really up on raising the school's academic profile -and he didn't like me because he could see that I wasn't going to apply myself to work.
It is indeed a multi-purpose anthem, as it would also serve to remind me fondly of those who sometimes use the word 'deadline', and others who have now and then tried to persuade me to apply myself to routine household tasks.
I know!) I did find comfort, calmness and even hope and inspiration from your writings in dealing with my bereavement of my late husband - for me to accept what has happened as being life's cycle and to move forward; to focus on other activities and once more to apply myself to my writings.
"I love a challenge and can apply myself to a range of jobs.