Meaning of APPLICATION in English


ap ‧ pli ‧ ca ‧ tion S1 W1 /ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ applicant , ↑ application ; adjective : ↑ applicable , ↑ applied ; verb : ↑ apply ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: applicatio , from applicare ; ⇨ ↑ apply ]

1 . WRITTEN REQUEST [uncountable and countable] a formal, usually written, request for something such as a job, place at university, or permission to do something

application for

an application for a grant

application from

The university welcomes applications from overseas students.

We receive hundreds of job applications each year.

I filled in the application form and sent it off.

You have to submit your application before the end of the month.

I’ve put in an application for a transfer.

He received a letter saying that his application had been rejected.

It can take a long time for your visa application to be processed.

The Council is currently reviewing the way it deals with planning applications.

Thank you for your letter of application, which we received yesterday.

2 . PRACTICAL USE [uncountable and countable] the practical purpose for which a machine, idea etc can be used, or a situation when this is used

application of/to/in

the applications of genetic engineering in agriculture

The research has many practical applications.

3 . COMPUTERS [countable] a piece of computer software which does a particular job:

We received training on a number of spreadsheet and database applications.

4 . PAINT/LIQUID [uncountable and countable] when you put something such as paint, liquid, medicine etc onto a surface

application of

The application of fertilizer increased the size of the plants.

5 . EFFORT [uncountable] attention or effort over a long period of time:

Making your new business successful requires luck, patience, and application.

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + application

▪ a job application

He's made twenty-three job applications and had five interviews.

▪ a planning application (=an official request for permission to build something)

We have lodged a planning application for a housing development on the site.

▪ a formal application (=made officially)

Turkey has made a formal application to join the European Union.

■ application + NOUN

▪ an application form

Simply fill in the application form and return it to your bank.

▪ a letter of application

The purpose of your letter of application is to get an interview.

■ verbs

▪ make an application

Candidates are advised to make an early application to the university.

▪ fill out/fill in an application (=write all the necessary information on it)

I would like to fill out an application for the position.


You can fill in the application form online.

▪ put in/submit an application

The company has submitted a planning application.

▪ consider an application (=think carefully about it before making a decision)

All applications will be considered on their own merits.

▪ grant/approve an application (=give permission to do or have something)

What are the reasons for not granting this application?

▪ refuse/reject/turn down an application (=say no to an application)

Their planning application was rejected because of a lack of parking facilities.

▪ process an application (=officially deal with it)

Your application for British citizenship will be processed by the Immigration Service.

▪ accept an application

The college refused to accept my application.

▪ withdraw your application

The company withdrew its application to build the bridge.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.