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 Resident Amy Starin wrote a letter of support for the application, which was read at the public hearing by Oak Park zoning administrator Michael Bruce. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Davey was able to receive a passport after using J.T.’s personal information for the application but submitting his own photograph. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Invest in a few good cosmetic brushes for even, precise, and hygienic makeup application. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2021 The lawsuit also said the East Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission did not give public notice referencing the zoning sections cited for the site plan application and special use permit. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 1 June 2021 Try a shade like lime green in an office or bedroom—for a surprise application, skip the walls and paint the ceiling instead. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 28 May 2021 Michigan in March presented an interim strategy for land application of biosolids containing PFAS. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2021 Prep your eyelids for makeup application with an eye primer. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 24 May 2021 Another idea was easing the process by eliminating the need for a separate tenant application and instead allowing landlords to provide documentation and tenants to merely sign off on the information being correct. Washington Post, 21 May 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Application.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/application. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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
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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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