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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APPLYING

And—perhaps you'd better not say you are applying until we find out if there is a vacancy.

Your applying, however, to Reginald can be productive only of good to all parties.

Mr. Corbet can be of little service to me at present; at least I should be shy of applying.

Then it is iced by applying warm water with a bit of hairy deerskin.

I must, in applying for a place, give an account of my character and a list of my accomplishments.

In the midst of the smoke-filled deck, Hogan was applying his match to another.

"It's not half bad," said Edna, applying the expression to the room.

This laid me under the necessity of applying to them for instruction.

In applying the glue, the builder should be careful not to put too much on the boards.

"Jack was talking about applying for a commission," she went on.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to put (one's faculties, etc.) to some task or career," late 14c., from Old French aploiier "apply, use, attach" (12c., Modern French appliquer), from Latin applicare "attach to, join, connect;" figuratively, "devote (oneself) to, give attention," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + plicare "fold" (see ply (v.1)). The etymological sense is "bring things in contact with one another." Of lotions, from early 15c. Meaning "seek a job by submitting an application for one" is from 1851. A by-form applicate is recorded from 1530s. Related: Applied; applying.

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