Definition of application noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃn//
    Computer software, Job interviews, University life
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a formal (often written) request for something, such as a job, permission to do something or a place at a college or university a planning/passport application an application form (= a piece of paper on which to apply for something) application for something/to do something an application for membership/a loan/a licence application to somebody (for something/to do something) His application to the court for bail has been refused. Further information is available on application to the principal. CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement See related entries: Job interviews, University life
  2. practical use
  3. 2  [uncountable, countable] application (of something) (to something) the practical use of something, especially a theory, discovery, etc. the application of new technology to teaching The invention would have a wide range of applications in industry.
  4. of paint/cream
  5. 3[countable, uncountable] an act of putting or spreading something, such as paint or medical creams, onto something else It took three applications of paint to cover the graffiti. lotion for external application only (= to be put on the skin, not swallowed)
  6. of rule/law
  7. 4[uncountable] the act of making a rule, etc. operate or become effective strict application of the law
  8. computing
  9. 5 [countable] (abbreviation app) a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software a database application Wordfinderanimation, application, authoring, beta version, configure, demo, install, interactive, software, spreadsheet see also killer application See related entries: Computer software
  10. hard work
  11. 6[uncountable] (formal) determination to work hard at something; great effort Success as a writer demands great application.
  12. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin applicatio(n-), from the verb applicare ‘fold, fasten to’, from ad- ‘to’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples Admission is obtained by written application. All planning applications should be submitted to the local council. Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in French. His application for bail was granted. I am pleased to tell you that your application for the position has been successful. I am pleased to tell you that your application for the post of Assistant Editor has been successful. It takes time to process each application. Prospective members fill out an online application. The applicant must file a written application to the court. The program is designed for general application. The research has a wide range of potential applications. There has been a drop in visa applications. Users access the applications via the Web. We accept permit applications year-round. What are the practical applications of this work? You can run several applications at the same time. an application for a new licence an application to the authorities an application to the local authority an operating system that can integrate other applications the reported therapeutic applications of bee venom I’ve made an application for a loan of £3 000. The new invention would have a wide range of applications in industry. This essay examines the application of new technology to teaching. We put in our planning application about six weeks ago. We received over 100 applications for the job. Where can I get an application form?
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