View synonyms for application


[ ap-li-key-shuhn ]


  1. the act of putting to a special use or purpose:

    the application of common sense to a problem.

    Synonyms: utilization

  2. the special use or purpose to which something is put:

    a technology having numerous applications never thought of by its inventors.

  3. the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way; relevance:

    This has no application to the case.

    Synonyms: pertinence, aptitude

  4. the act of requesting:

    Her application for assistance was, surprisingly, received favorably by the members of the assembly.

    Synonyms: petition, suit, soliciting, solicitation

  5. a formal or written request for employment, admission, funding, authorization, etc.: His first job application led to an interview.

    She submitted applications to three universities.

    His first job application led to an interview.

  6. Also called application form. a form to be filled out by an applicant, as for a job or a driver's license:

    Attach a passport photo to your completed application.

  7. close attention; persistent effort:

    Application to one's studies is necessary.

    Synonyms: perseverance, persistence, industry, diligence, assiduity

  8. an act or instance of spreading on, rubbing in, or bringing into contact: a second application of varnish.

    the application of a compress to a wound;

    a second application of varnish.

  9. a salve, ointment, or the like, applied as a soothing or healing agent.
  10. Computers. a computer program, such as a word processor, graphics editor, utility, etc., used for a particular type of job or problem:

    The new version 4.0 of their music production application contains several improvements.

    Antiviral and firewall applications are system utilities that protect your computer.


/ ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən /


  1. the act of applying to a particular purpose or use
  2. relevance or value

    the practical applications of space technology

  3. the act of asking for something

    an application for leave

  4. a verbal or written request, as for a job, etc

    he filed his application

  5. diligent effort or concentration

    a job requiring application

  6. something, such as a healing agent or lotion, that is applied, esp to the skin
  7. logic maths the process of determining the value of a function for a given argument


/ ăp′lĭ-kāshən /

  1. 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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  • in·ter·ap·pli·ca·tion noun
  • non·ap·pli·ca·tion noun
  • o·ver·ap·pli·ca·tion noun
  • pre·ap·pli·ca·tion noun
  • re·ap·pli·ca·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of application1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Middle French applicacio(u)n, from Latin applicātiōn- (stem of applicātiō ), equivalent to applicāt(us) “applied” (past participle of the verb applicāre apply ) + -iōn- -ion

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

The use of machine learning applications has also eased the way people write or create content.

The mission of the fund is to “make bitcoin the internet’s currency,” a job application describes.

A platform created by OVR Technology releases aroma to make virtual reality experiences more vivid, with plans for applications that range from PTSD treatment to trainings for hazardous jobs.

MetaHuman Creator could be similarly versatile, offering advanced character creation for next-gen platform games, mobile applications, and special effects in movies.

Purchase applications also continue to increase on an annual basis, and the average loan balance again climbed to a new high of $402,200.

“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.

My parents were thrilled with my choice, even though I had never even paid the campus a visit during the application process.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that ISIS has been known to use the application FireChat.

While that application has been used in Iraq, ISIS has not been confirmed to have used it.

Denied in his green-card application, he said, “I came instantly that day,” to the shrine.

This system had been in full operation in both districts prior to the general application of the voluntary system.

This demand was made with scornful seriousness; with a ruthless application to the feelings of a son.

It is true that such application is not so high or grand as when they govern ideas, but it is equally genuine.

Modified and amended as their system is in its practical application, it still largely conditions our outlook to-day.

Application of gentle heat or appropriate chemicals will serve to differentiate them.





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