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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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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Recent Examples on the Web In his first application, Brodersen attempted to sell the house but not the land. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Demolition of a historic Whitefish Bay home moves forward after an unsuccessful appeal effort," 21 May 2020 The rally has accelerated in recent days, after the company said Health Canada approved its clinical trial application for a coronavirus vaccine. Fortune, "Promising coronavirus vaccine makes Chinese bio firm the hottest stock in Hong Kong," 21 May 2020 Through a public records request, The Republic received his job application to the public defender's office. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Maricopa County Attorney candidate claims DUI was actually 'underage drinking'," 19 May 2020 The application works by tracking and forecasting wind patterns. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "To Track Massive Locust Swarms, Officials Use Tool that Forecasts Smoke Plumes," 15 May 2020 Those who preregistered for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA must now apply for benefits by uploading tax information and other details then submitting their applications. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Self-employed, part-time workers can now apply for unemployment," 13 May 2020 After degreasing, applying No Sand with a Scotch-Brite pad to all metal surfaces helps prep the surface for the final DuraCoat application. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Refinish Your Gun With a Custom Paint Job," 13 May 2020 Priceline, which offers discounted online travel bookings, also is accelerating its move toward Google Cloud and expects about 40% of its applications to be in the cloud by the end of the year. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Guardian Life, Priceline Step Up Pace of Digital Initiatives," 12 May 2020 And drivers reported problems obtaining earnings data and other basic information from the companies for their applications. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Coronavirus raises the stakes in new court fight for gig worker benefits," 5 May 2020

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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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The first known use of application was in the 14th century

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Application.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/application. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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application

noun
How to pronounce application (audio)

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

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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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