Definition of “application” - English Dictionary

“application” in British English

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uk /ˌæp.lɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌæp.ləˈkeɪ.ʃən/

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

  • Have you completed your application form yet?
  • Please enclose a curriculum vitae with your letter of application.
  • The application form will ask for your place of birth.
  • You must submit your application before 1 January.
  • She produced some bogus documents to support her application.

(Definition of “application” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“application” in American English

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us /ˌæp·lɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

application noun (USE)

[ C ] a particular use

[ C ] An application is a computer program that is designed for a particular purpose.

application noun (REQUEST)

[ C/U ] an official request 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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uk /ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən/ us

[ C ] HR an official request 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 official request 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/credit card/share application

[ C ] an official request 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 computer program that is designed for a particular purpose:

Email is the most often-used application.
An error message reported 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)