Origin of application

1375–1425; late Middle English applicacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin applicātiōn- (stem of applicātiō), equivalent to applicāt(us) applied (past participle of applicāre to apply) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·ter·ap·pli·ca·tion, nounnon·ap·pli·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ap·pli·ca·tion, nounpre·ap·pli·ca·tion, nounre·ap·pli·ca·tion, noun

Synonyms for application Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for application

Contemporary Examples of application

Historical Examples of application

  • How so, I asked him, when that cannot wound without the application?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But this application has not met with the attention of one single soul.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Most persons hasten to deny this truth in its application to themselves.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I am sure of Sir James at any time, and could make him renew his application by a line.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • At length his application and his energy were crowned with success.

British Dictionary definitions for application



the act of applying to a particular purpose or use
relevance or valuethe practical applications of space technology
the act of asking for somethingan application for leave
a verbal or written request, as for a job, etche filed his application
diligent effort or concentrationa job requiring application
something, such as a healing agent or lotion, that is applied, esp to the skin
logic maths the process of determining the value of a function for a given argument
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Word Origin and History for application

early 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from Old French aplicacion (14c.), from Latin applicationem (nominative applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from past participle stem of applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c.1600. Meaning "a formal request to be hired for a job or paid position" is by 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

application in Science



A computer program with an interface, enabling people to use the computer as a tool to accomplish a specific task. Word processing, spreadsheet, and communications software are all examples of applications.
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