application /aplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


I. noun

1. a formal request to an authority

an application for leave
[ mass noun]
licences are available on application

[as modifier]
an application form.
2. [ mass noun] the action of putting something into operation

the application of general rules to particular cases
[ count noun]
massage has far-reaching medical applications.
3. practical use or relevance

this principle has no application to the present case.
4. [ mass noun] the action of applying something to a surface

paints suitable for application on fabric
[ count noun]
a fresh application of make-up.
5. a medicinal substance applied to the skin.

an application to relieve muscle pain.
6. [ mass noun] sustained effort; hard work

the job takes a great deal of patience and application.
7. (also application program)
[Computing] a program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose

a database application.
II. derivatives


– origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin applicatio(n-), from the verb applicare (see apply).

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