Pronunciation: /əˈplaɪ/ Explain

To apply a rule is to use the rule to help solve a problem.[1]

Example: Start with the expression 3(2 + 1). Now apply the distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction. The result is 3·2 + 3·1.


  1. apply. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 8/6/2018.

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McAdams, David E. Apply. 6/14/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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6/14/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup. (McAdams, David E.)
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10/10/2008: Added vocabulary link to distributive property. (McAdams, David E.)
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