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Apply, 1) trans. a) to make use of: “craft against vice I must a.” Meas. III, 2, 291. Lucr. 531. LLL V, 2, 77. to sth: Compl. 303. Ven. 713. Tw. IV, 1, 13. Especially of medicaments: “to a. a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief,” Ado I, 3, 13. “I never did a. hot liquors in my blood,” As II, 3, 48. “a. to her some remedies,” Wint. III, 2, 153. H6B III, 2, 404. Cor. I, 6, 64. Lr. III, 7, 107. Cymb. I, 5, 21. Figuratively: “--ing fears to hopes, and hopes to fears,” Sonn. 119, 3. “there may be aught --ied which may her suffering ecstasy assuage,” Compl. 68. “what comfort to this great decay may come shall be --ied,” Lr. V, 3, 298.
b) to put one thing to another: “like usury, --ing wet to wet,” Compl. 40.
c) reflectively, to employ or dedicate one's self: “if you a. yourself to our intents,” Ant. V, 2, 126.
d) to explain, moralize on: “Nestor shall a. thy latest words,” Troil. I, 3, 32. “how a. you this?” Cor. I, 1, 151. “and these does she a. for warnings and portents,” Caes. II, 2, 80. cf. Ven. 713.
2) intr. a) to dedicate, devote one's self: “let your remembrance a. to Banquo,” Mcb. III, 2, 30. cf. Shr. I, 1, 19. b) to be convenient, to agree with: “would it a. well to the vehemency of your affection,” Wiv. II, 2, 247.
The preposition to omitted: “I'll a. your eye remedy,” Mids. III, 2, 450 (M. Edd. to your eye). “Virtue and that part of philosophy will I a.” Shr. I, 1, 19, where Hanmer, against the metre, proposed to read 'to virtue.' Perhaps == ply, as appay == pay.
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