application

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce application (audio) \

Definition of application

1 : an act of applying:
a(1) : an act of putting something to use application of new techniques
(2) : a use to which something is put new applications for old remedies
b : an act of administering or laying one thing on another application of paint to a house
c : assiduous attention succeeds by application to her studies
2a : request, petition an application for financial aid
b : a form used in making a request filling out an application
3 : a program (such as a word processor or a spreadsheet) that performs a particular task or set of tasks
4 : the practical conclusion or lesson to be derived from a speech or writing (such as a moral tale)
5 : a medicated or protective layer or material an oily application for dry skin
6 : capacity for practical use words of varied application

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Synonyms for application

Synonyms

employment, exercise, operation, play, usage, use

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Examples of application in a Sentence

Our loan application has been approved. Anyone interested in running for office must file an application by August 1st. If you'd like to be considered for the job, please send us a letter of application that gives your experience and qualifications. Please fill out this application. The application of heat often helps sore muscles. Repeated application of fertilizer will help the grass become green and healthy. Repeated applications of fertilizer will help the grass become green and healthy. The cut should be treated with a generous application of ointment. Strict application of the rules is necessary in this case. the application of new information
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Some even offer trickier applications, such as camouflaging stretch marks or hiding dark circles with pigment. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 The team that created the merchandise-search application is also responsible for tracking its usage by store employees and understanding why certain stores are using it more than others. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Dick’s Tech Chief Goes All Out on In-House Software," 26 Mar. 2019 Access to many of these features required connecting users’ Facebook accounts with the applications and Web services. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?," 19 Dec. 2018 The second patent application Nguyen found talks about using wifi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals to track users in a manner that is more accurate than GPS. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president," 11 Dec. 2018 Users had, in fact, discovered the bugs that contributed to data loss months earlier, and reported them via the Windows Feedback Hub application. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission is seeking a federal grant to finish the remaining 30 miles of trail for the Marquette Greenway, according to the grant application. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Grant sought to finish Marquette Greenway," 13 July 2018 DirectConnectMKE bridges the public and private sector: Employers will update it with job listings, which subscribers can then access by downloading the application at DirectConnnectMKE's website. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldermen unveil new app to help combat unemployment in Milwaukee," 12 July 2018 Most of the denials were for undisclosed arrests, which wouldn’t necessarily disqualify the person for a license, but the lack of disclosure led to the applications being denied. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of application

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for application

Middle English applicacioun, from Latin application-, applicatio inclination, from applicare — see apply

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More Definitions for application

application

noun

English Language Learners Definition of application

: a formal and usually written request for something (such as a job, admission to a school, a loan, etc.)
: a document that is used to make a formal request for something
: the act of putting something on a surface, a part of the body, etc.

application

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce application (audio) \

Kids Definition of application

1 : the act or an instance of applying application of the rules One application of paint should cover the wall well enough.
2 : something put or spread on a surface The nurse put cold applications on the sprained ankle.
3 : request entry 1 sense 1 an application for a job
4 : a document used to make a request for something You have to fill out an application.
5 : ability to be put to practical use The tool has a number of applications.
6 : a computer program (as a word processor or browser)

application

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌap-lə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce application (audio) \

Medical Definition of application

1 : an act of applying the application of a dressing to a wound
2 : a medicated or protective layer or material an oily application for dry skin

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application

noun
ap·​pli·​ca·​tion

Legal Definition of application

: a request for action or relief most applications request bail…or an extension of time to file— W. J. Brennan, Jr. also : a form used to make such a request an insurance application

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