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King James Dictionary

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Hebrew - apply
Hebrew - apply
Hebrew - apply
Hebrew - apply
Hebrew - apply
Hebrew - apply

APPLY', v.t. L. applico, of ad and plico, to fold or knit together; Gr. to knit, or twist; Eng. ply, display, and employ.

1. To lay on; to put one thing to another; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.
2. To use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; as, to apply a sum of money to the payment of a debt.
3. To put, refer or use, as suitable or relative to something; as, to apply the testimony to the case.
4. To fix the mind; to engage and employ with attention; as, apply thy heart to instruction.
5. To address or direct; as, "Sacred vows applied to Pluto."
6. To betake; to give the chief part of time and attention; as, to apply one's self to the study of botany. This is essentially the fourth sense.
7. To make application; to have recourse by request; as, to apply one's self to a counsellor for advice. This is generally used intransitively; as, to apply to a counsellor.
8. To busy; to keep at work; to ply. Obs.

Superseded by ply, which see.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

Bibliography Information
"Entry for 'Apply'". "King James Dictionary".


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