Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: applicatio, from applicare; APPLY


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written request

[uncountable and countable] a formal, usually written, request for something such as a job, place at university, or permission to do somethingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
job application fill in/out an application application form make/put in/submit an application accept somebody's application reject somebody's application process an application (=deal with it) planning application (=a request for permission to build something) letter of application
application for
an application for a grant
application from
The university welcomes applications from overseas students.
We receive hundreds of job applications each year.
I filled in the application form and sent it off.
You have to submit your application before the end of the month.
I've put in an application for a transfer.
He received a letter saying that his application had been rejected.
It can take a long time for your visa application to be processed.
The Council is currently reviewing the way it deals with planning applications.
Thank you for your letter of application, which we received yesterday.

practical use

[uncountable and countable] practical purpose for which a machine, idea etc can be used, or a situation when this is used
application of/to/in
the applications of genetic engineering in agriculture
The research has many practical applications.


TD [countable] a piece of computer software which does a particular job:
We received training on a number of spreadsheet and database applications.


[uncountable and countable] when you put something such as paint, liquid, medicine etc onto a surface
application of
The application of fertilizer increased the size of the plants.


[uncountable] attention or effort over a long period of time:
Making your new business successful requires luck, patience, and application.

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