application ( applications plural )
1 n-count An applicationfor something such as a job or membership of an organization is a formal written request for it.
usu with supp, oft N for n, N to-inf, also on/upon N
His application for membership of the organisation was rejected..., Tickets are available on application.
2 n-var The applicationof a rule or piece of knowledge is the use of it in a particular situation.
oft N of/to n
Students learned the practical application of the theory they had learned in the classroom...
3 n-count In computing, an application is a piece of software designed to carry out a particular task.
4 n-uncount Application is hard work and concentration on what you are doing over a period of time.
...his immense talent, boundless energy and unremitting application.
5 n-var The applicationof something to a surface is the act or process of putting it on or rubbing it into the surface. oft N of n With repeated applications of weedkiller, the weeds were overcome.
planning application ( planning applications plural ) In Britain, a planning application is a formal request to a local authority for permission to build something new or to add something to an existing building. n-count
Wireless Application Protocol
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