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noun application pronunciation in British English /ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a formal request for permission to do or have something
    application for: His application for membership of the club was rejected.
    application to do something: The hospital submitted a planning application to build four new wards.
    make/submit/put in an application: I’m supposed to submit my application before the end of the week.
    grant/approve an application: The building society has approved their mortgage application.
    1. a.
      a written request for a job or a place at a college, university etc
      The university welcomes applications from mature students.
      a letter of application
  2. 2
    [countable] a particular use that something has
    the practical applications of this technology
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the use of a particular method, process, law etc
      He pioneered the application of scientific techniques to police work.
  3. 4
    [uncountable] formal hard work and determination that you put into something for a long period
    With the right degree of application and dedication the team should win a medal.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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