ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən \

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


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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But if a rogue scientist tinkering quietly in a lab can smash through norms and meddle with the human genome to feed his own ego or scientific curiosity, the worry is that many more dangerous applications of CRISPR could be in store. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 30 Nov. 2018 Access and Publisher aren't featured among the new icons, because although Microsoft continues to distribute them, the applications are all functionally abandonware, in pure maintenance mode. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw," 30 Nov. 2018 The health-care application is the newest effort by Amazon to tap into the lucrative health-care market. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health," 27 Nov. 2018 The Ocean Shores application is for a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant, which is awarded annually and is nationally competitive. Angelo Bruscas, The Seattle Times, "Ocean Shores moves forward with FEMA application for tsunami-safe structure," 21 Nov. 2018 The dramatic application is a style more often seen on the runways (see Fendi’s recent couture show, for example), but Lipa’s latest snap proves how just how easily it can be taken to the streets. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Proves Why an Extreme Cat Eye Is an Instant Look Changer," 11 Nov. 2018 Razer told us FasTrack will learn which applications are games over time and shift their load automatically. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Razer gets into networking with Sila, a $250 router built for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 3 Oct. 2018 The June 2017 application was the last of four filed by the Justice Department in support of FISA court orders allowing the monitoring of Page for nearly a year. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump agrees to delay release of Russia files, asks IG to review amid DOJ concerns," 21 Sep. 2018 Though the application is easy, the network is searching for people with unique stories. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s How You Can Get Cast On Trading Spaces’ New Season," 2 Aug. 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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ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən \

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)


ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ˌap-lə-ˈkā-shən \

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



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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