Pronunciation: /əˈplaɪ/ Explain

To apply a rule is to use the rule to help solve a problem.[2]

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. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, apply. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 18. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. apply. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 6/12/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Apply. 4/11/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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4/11/2019: Changed equations and expressions to new format. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/14/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup. (McAdams, David E.)
1/4/2010: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
10/10/2008: Added vocabulary link to distributive property. (McAdams, David E.)
9/17/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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