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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Meanwhile, mortgage applications were flat heading into the holiday week. Washington Post, "Mortgage rates tick up, but lower bond yields signal more declines," 3 July 2019 Today, ServiceNow is more like an operating system (like Windows) for enterprise-grade cloud applications. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How $52B software giant ServiceNow is seeding San Diego’s startup scene," 3 July 2019 The applications for the other two owners were not available. Adam Elmahrek, latimes.com, "Native American minority contracts are under scrutiny as officials vow strict enforcement," 2 July 2019 The governor’s office sent out a news release early Monday noting that applications were being accepted for the Job Growth Grant Fund. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis is off and running with $40 million pot of money that Democrats call ‘slush fund’," 1 July 2019 So far metalenses do not transmit light as efficiently as traditional lenses do—an important capability for such applications as full-color imaging. Alberto Moscatelli, Scientific American, "Tiny Lenses Will Enable Design of Miniature Optical Devices," 1 July 2019 Proper sunscreen application is a good way to protect yourself against the harms of UV radiation, said Young. Nina Avramova, CNN, "How your health is at risk during a heatwave," 28 June 2019 That technology is helping China in its race with the U.S. to build the first next-generation supercomputer—an essential tool for advanced civilian and military applications. Brian Spegele, WSJ, "How a Big U.S. Chip Maker Gave China the ‘Keys to the Kingdom’," 27 June 2019 Some of the delay is attributed to the Egyptian consulate working short hours without changing its processes to accommodate for increased applications. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s biggest soccer fiesta reminds us how difficult it is for Africans to travel in Africa," 27 June 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

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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