Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “application”

See all translations

application

noun uk   /ˌæp.lɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  

application noun (REQUEST)

B1 [C or U] an official request for something, usually in writing: a letter of application Free information will be sent out on application to (= if you ask) the central office. I've sent off applications for four different jobs. Have you filled in the application form for your passport yet? [+ to infinitive] Argentina has submitted an application to host the World Cup.
More examples

application noun (COMPUTER)

B2 [C] a computer program that is designed for a particular purpose: spreadsheet applications

application noun (USE)

C2 [C or U] a way in which something can be used for a particular purpose: 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 reduce swelling 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of application?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “application”

Definitions of “application” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More