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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In videogames, for example, regulators imposed a freeze on new licenses for most of last year, and now face a backlog of applications. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Baidu Forecasts Weaker Growth as Chinese Economy Slows," 22 Feb. 2019 The letters adorning each icon have been reduced in size, with the remainder of the space used to show a highly stylized representation of the application. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw," 30 Nov. 2018 In July, the company announced that researchers would have to first request access to the API for such projects order to prevent malicious use of the application. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference," 19 Oct. 2018 But the massive backlog of applications has led to severe overcrowding on the Greek island camps, even as authorities move hundreds of vulnerable people to the mainland. Elena Becatoros And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Greece to move 2,000 out of overcrowded Lesbos migrant camp," 18 Sep. 2018 Those interested in serving as a substitute teacher, secretary, custodian, food service worker, bus driver, bus attendant, school nurse or health assistant should submit an online application by July 27. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 This largely hagiographical tribute to the conservative jurist who rivaled and in some respects exceeded Antonin Scalia in influence reads today like an application to consideration for a SCOTUS appointment by a Republican president. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A 2017 Kavanaugh Speech Will Become a Flash Point in Confirmation Fight," 12 July 2018 Mixon said after being nominated, teachers have to complete an application to be considered for the award that includes a writing and video component. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Cromwell Valley teacher wins presidential award for math education," 10 July 2018 Fifth-generation, or 5G, technology holds tremendous promise for new applications, from faster movie downloads to flying cars. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Five Small 5G-Related Companies That Investors Should Watch," 26 Feb. 2019

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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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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

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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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