- a type of job or problem that lends itself to processing or solution by computer: Inventory control is a common business application.
- Also called application software, application program.a computer program used for a particular type of job or problem: Your new computer comes preloaded with applications.
Origin of application
Synonyms 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.