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
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Recent Examples on the Web The bill also allows state licensing, renewal and application fees and administrative requirements to be waived for people or businesses. Bruce Schreiner, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure," 27 Mar. 2020 Su, who holds bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, decided the company would go big on building technology for high performance computing applications. CNN, "You've probably never heard of her company. But its shares are up 1,300% since she took over," 27 Mar. 2020 Both had initially lodged applications around August last year. ... Jing Yang, WSJ, "China Grants Approval for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley to Control Securities Units," 27 Mar. 2020 What is usually a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "More than 400,000 jobs available as coronavirus prods people to stock up on necessities and order takeout," 26 Mar. 2020 Here's more on eligibility requirements and application. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Bartenders Guild foundation gets $1 million from Molson Coors," 26 Mar. 2020 States are struggling to keep up, with California fielding more than 100,000 applications per day. New York Times, "Preparing for Millions of Layoffs," 26 Mar. 2020 The party first used a smartphone application to report results in 2016, but before then, all results were submitted by phoning them in. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Democrats Promise Iowa Results Tuesday in Bid to Save Caucus," 26 Mar. 2020 Seelig said the organization received more than 200 new applications in a single week. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Coronavirus outbreak leads to uptick in foster pet applications," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Application.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/application. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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application

noun
How to pronounce application (audio)

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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