apply verb

1 be relevant

ADV. equally These principles apply equally in all cases.

PREP. to These restrictions do not apply to us.

PHRASES the same applies British companies are subject to international laws and the same applies to companies in Europe.

2 put/spread on a surface

ADV. directly | evenly | freely | sparingly Apply the insecticide sparingly.

PREP. over Apply the glue evenly over both surfaces. | to Never apply the cleaning liquid directly to the surface.