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"University" is a noun which is often translated as "la universidad", and "apply" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "aplicar". Learn more about the difference between "university" and "apply" below.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (education)
a. la universidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Only a fraction of students can pay for university.Solo una mínima parte de los estudiantes pueden pagar la universidad.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relating to a university)
a. universitario
He became CEO of the company without a university degree.Él se convirtió en el director ejecutivo de la empresa sin una licencia universitaria.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to spread)
a. aplicar
Apply the cream evenly over the skin.Aplica la crema de manera uniforme sobre la piel.
2. (to put into effect)
a. aplicar
What theory did you apply to run the experiment?¿Qué teoría aplicaste para llevar a cabo el experimento?
3. (to use)
a. ejercer
The mechanism starts when you apply pressure on the lever.El mecanismo se pone en marcha al ejercer presión sobre la palanca.
b. usar
Instead of philosophizing, why don't you apply your intelligence to something practical?En lugar de filosofar, ¿por qué no usas tu inteligencia para algo práctico?
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
They applied pressure on him to sign the contract.Le presionaron para que firmara el contrato.
What's wrong with your car? - I hear a strange noise whenever I apply the brakes.¿Qué le pasa a tu carro? - Escucho un ruido extraño cada vez que freno.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to submit an application; often used with "for" or "to")
a. presentar una solicitud
I applied for a college scholarship. Have you applied yet?Solicité una beca para la universidad. ¿Tú presentaste una solicitud ya?
b. presentarse
I'm applying for a job I saw advertised on Facebook.Voy a presentarme a un empleo que vi anunciado en Facebook.
c. aplicar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Which universities are you going to apply to next year?¿A cuáles universidades vas a aplicar el año que viene?
5. (to be relevant)
a. aplicarse
Does the same vacation policy apply to every worker in the factory?¿Se aplica la misma política de vacaciones a todos los trabajadores de la fábrica?
6. (legal)
a. aplicarse
The legislation mentioned by the defendant does not apply in this case.La legislatura mencionada por el acusado no se aplica en este caso.
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