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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.
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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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (put on)
a. aplicar
to apply pressure toejercer presión sobre, presionar
2. (use; system, theory)
a. aplicar
to apply one's mind to somethingconcentrarse en algo
to apply oneself to one's workaplicarse en el trabajo
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (for job, grant)
to apply (to somebody) for somethingsolicitar algo (a alguien)
4. (law, rule)
rule 26b applies in all other casesla norma 26b se aplicará en todos los demás casos
this clause no longer appliesesta cláusula ya no está en vigor
that applies to you too!¡esto es válido or vale para ti también!
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apply [əˈplaɪ]
transitive verb
1 [+ointment, paint etc] aplicar;to a
to apply heat to a surface (Téc) exponer una superficie al calor; (Med) calentar una superficie; to apply a match to sth prender fuego a algo con una cerilla
2 (impose) [+rule, law] aplicar; emplear
3 (use)
to apply the brakes frenar; to apply pressure on sth ejercer presión sobre algo; to apply pressure on sb presionar a algn
to apply pressure
4 (dedicate)
to apply one's mind to a problem dedicarse a resolver un problema; to apply o.s. to a task dedicarse or aplicarse a una tarea
how can we best apply this money?
intransitive verb
1 (be relevant) ser aplicable; ser pertinente
In this particular case the rule does not apply
cross out what does not apply táchese lo que no proceda; to apply to (be applicable to) ser aplicable a; referirse a; the law applies to everybody la ley es aplicable a or de obligado cumplimiento para todos; this rule doesn't apply to us esta norma no nos afecta
2 (for job, audition) presentarse
are you applying? ¿te vas a presentar?
please apply at the office diríjanse a la oficina
to apply to sb dirigirse a algn; acudir a algn; to apply for [+scholarship, grant, assistance] solicitar; pedir; [+job] solicitar; presentarse a
patent applied for patente en trámite
to apply to sb for sth solicitar algo a algn
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