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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Several other conservative Anchorage politicians have signed the application for a petition, which requires 10 voter signatures. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Aug. 2022 Then, in 2007, NuScale went solo and took its show on the road to begin the long slog toward nuclear regulatory approval; the process began formally in 2016 with NuScale’s initial application for its modular reactor design. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2022 For those with internet service, the application for FEMA assistance can be found at or call 1-800-621-3362. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 County representatives are available to help complete the application for those without internet access or need other accommodations. Gaya Gupta, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The Park Service denied Noem's 2022 application for fireworks, citing objections from Native American tribes, wildfire risks and other environmental concerns. Kristi Noem, Fox News, 27 July 2022 Also, Cuyahoga County is contributing an additional $50,000 through its Community Development Supplemental Grant Program, according to the city’s application for American Rescue Plan Act funds. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Make sure nails are clean and dry before application for a long-lasting manicure, says Choi. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 The purchase and the application for federal funds was signed by North Charleston’s longtime mayor, Keith Summey, who would go on to champion the naval hospital contract. Joe Rubin, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Application.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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)


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



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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