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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But a new review of studies in the journal Matter suggests the thing that makes mussels so maddening—their adhesive power—could have all sorts of applications in engineering. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mussels’ Sticky Threads Could Inspire Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, Purify Water and More," 13 July 2019 But when asked what kind of real-world applications Facebook might be interested in, Brown demurred. Nicolas Rivero, Quartz, "Facebook and the US Army funded an AI that can beat you at poker," 11 July 2019 The state doubled its spending on the incentives for the fiscal year that began July 1, but a backlog of applications meant the money was doled out quickly. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's electric vehicle rebate is so popular it ran out of money even before the fiscal year began July 1," 8 July 2019 In fiscal year 2018, 21% of all defensive asylum applications were granted, and 41% were denied, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Fact Check: Sen. Martha McSally says 90% of asylum cases are 'not legitimate'," 6 July 2019 Among the list of applications for trademarks to use her first and full name on, the reality star has selected liquor, wine, furniture, gifts, kitchenware and food. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Is Coming For Your Liquor, Furniture, Wine, and Kitchen," 5 July 2019 And there are plenty of conceivable applications for a human-optimized BrainEx. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 First Selectman Eric Wellman said the town will look at a few factors to measure success, including the amount of money raised through the support jars, the overall circulation of library materials and the number of new library card applications. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Simsbury Public Library launches fine-free initiative," 1 July 2019 Frankston argues against favoring specific types of applications not only on issues of neutrality but because of their impact on innovation. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: 5G brings opportunities but also risks," 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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