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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The proposal would add requirements to the application process for grants from the federal Charter Schools Program, which has doled out billions of dollars over nearly 30 years to help open new charter schools or expand existing ones. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Restaurants must go through a formal application process, and maintain certain sanitation practices. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Finland won't formally be covered by Article 5 during its application process, but NATO members are expected to offer it security assurances in the face of any repercussions from Moscow. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 12 May 2022 In the capitals of the European Union and other NATO countries, the Finnish leaders’ statement was greeted with expressions of support and promises to keep Finland’s application process as short as possible. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Each shipment comes with detailed, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the application process. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 For starters, the application process is expensive — on average, students apply to 18 schools. Anne N. Thorndike, STAT, 4 May 2022 But another view is that there’s less opportunity for corruption or for politicians and state employees to influence the application process, Westby said. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 The technology seeks to help consumers make choices and speed up the application process, connecting them to a virtual call center with agents working from home in hours of their choosing. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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applicate

application

application programming interface

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18 May 2022

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“Application.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/application. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for application

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

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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