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"application" in British English

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applicationnoun

uk   us   /ˌæp.lɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/

application noun (REQUEST)

B1 [C or U] an ​officialrequest for something, usually in writing: a letter of application Free ​information will be ​sent out on application to (= if you ​ask) the ​centraloffice. I've ​sent off applications for four different ​jobs. Have you ​filled in the application form for ​yourpassportyet? [+ to infinitive] Argentina has ​submitted an application tohost the World Cup.
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application noun (COMPUTER)

B2 [C] a ​computerprogram that is ​designed for a ​particularpurpose: spreadsheet applications

application noun (USE)

C2 [C or U] a way in which something can be used for a ​particularpurpose: The ​design has many applications. the application of this ​research in the ​treatment of ​cancer

application noun (HARD WORK)

[U] the ​determination to ​work hard over a ​period of ​time in ​order to ​succeed at something: Joshua ​clearly has ​ability in this ​subject but ​lacks application.

application noun (PUTTING ON)

[C or U] the ​act of ​spreading or ​rubbing a ​substance such as ​cream or ​paint on a ​surface, or a ​layer of ​cream or ​paint: Leave the ​paint to ​dry between applications. Regular application of the ​cream should ​reduceswelling within 24 ​hours.

application noun (RELATION TO)

[C or U] a way in which a ​rule or ​law, etc. ​relates to or is ​important for someone or something: The new ​laws have (a) ​particular application to the ​self-employed.
(Definition of application from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"application" in American English

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applicationnoun

 us   /ˌæp·lɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

application noun (USE)

[C] a ​particular use [C] An application is a ​computerprogram that is ​designed for a ​particularpurpose.

application noun (REQUEST)

[C/U] an ​officialrequest for something, esp. one made in writing or by ​sending in a ​form: [U] a ​letter of application [C] I’ve ​sent off applications for four different ​jobs.
(Definition of application from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"application" in Business English

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applicationnoun

uk   us   /ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən/
[C] HR an ​officialrequest for a ​job, a ​place on a ​course, etc., usually in writing: an application for sth We received over 250 applications for the ​post.make/submit an application You can ​submit your application ​online. a job/college/​membership application the application ​procedure/​process
[C] FINANCE an ​officialrequest to get something such as a ​loan or ​shares: turn down/refuse/reject an application Her ​mortgage application was ​refused.grant/approve an application You will receive the ​money as soon as your application is ​approved. make/put in/​submit an application a loan/​creditcard/​share application
[C] an ​officialrequest for ​permission to do something: an application to do sth Officials have denied his many applications to ​add a second storey to his ​home.an application for sth Her application for asylum in Ireland was ​successful. a planning/​licence/​passport application
[C] IT a ​computerprogram that is ​designed for a particular ​purpose: Email is the most often-used application. An ​errormessagereported that there was not enough ​memory to run the application. internet/web/Windows™ application an application ​programs/​software
[C] a way in which something can be used: The new ​technology has many applications.practical/commercial applications There are obvious practical applications for the ​research.
[U] the ​act of using something for a particular ​purpose: the application of sth There are many ​opportunities for the application of ​e-commerce.
(Definition of application from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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