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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Even so, the development application doesn’t say whether any employers have committed to setting up shop within the River Cross community, according to the staff report. Martin E. Comas,, "East Seminole residents express relief after board rejects rural development but ready for future battles," 13 July 2018 The application for historical status is scheduled to be reviewed by the California Historical Resources Commission on Aug. 3. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 The city of Woodstock and American Legion Post 316 are accepting applications for the city’s Military Banner Program. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock banner program honors military service," 4 July 2018 City of Hobart 50-50 sidewalk program The City of Hobart is now accepting applications for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 28 June 2018 South Korea began accepting asylum applications in 1994. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "South Korea fearful Yemeni asylum seekers will exploit visa loophole," 28 June 2018 Fill out the forms The state Department of Revenue began accepting applications May 15 at Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What you need to know as the deadline for Wisconsin's $100-per-child tax rebate nears," 28 June 2018 The complaint asks the court to bar the federal government from refusing to accept applications for asylum at valid ports of entry and to forbid the Trump administration from continuing to practice family separation. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "States Sue Trump Administration Over Immigrant Family Separation Policy," 26 June 2018 The board soon will accept applications for a nonvoting student representative and an alternate student representative., "The new Philly school board convenes next month. What do people want members to know?," 25 June 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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