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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Worcester District Court last year approved 83 percent of applications for criminal charges in such hearings, while clerks in Chelsea District Court approved just 26 percent of requests for charges, data shows. BostonGlobe.com, "series of articles by the Globe’s Spotlight Team," 10 Sep. 2019 The employee who receives your form says that, because of the great number of applications the office has received, the staff will take up to nine months to issue the permit. Dan Ariely, Scientific American, "The Contagion of Corruption," 9 Sep. 2019 The commission was overwhelmed this spring with about 1,200 patient inquiries a day, on top of about 300 applications to become a registered patient - an onslaught so great the agency purchased an emergency call center to deal with it. Erin Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Amid talk of legalization, Maryland’s medical cannabis industry expands," 9 Sep. 2019 The commission was overwhelmed this spring with about 1,200 patient inquiries a day, on top of about 300 applications to become a registered patient - an onslaught so great the agency purchased an emergency call center to deal with it. al, "Maryland’s medical cannabis industry expands amid talk of legalization," 8 Sep. 2019 More common lighter rare earths are used in a plethora of applications including LED displays. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy asks federal council to fast-track Southeast Alaska ‘rare earths’ prospect," 6 Sep. 2019 Her staff reviews thousands of applications for new and generic drugs per year. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: How the future of medicine looks to the FDA’s top drug regulator," 6 Sep. 2019 Between 30% and 35% of Global Entry applications and renewals are taking 90 days or more to complete, a CBP spokesman told USA TODAY. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Renewing or applying for airport fast pass Global Entry? Brace for lengthy delays," 3 Sep. 2019 The challenge is also reflected in the quality of postdoc applications. Thomas Kariuki, Quartz Africa, "African universities are battling to attract post-doctoral researchers," 31 Aug. 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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More Definitions for application

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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