early 15c., "the bringing of something to bear on something else," from Old French aplicacion (14c.), from Latin applicationem (nominative applicatio) "a joining to, an attaching oneself to," noun of action from past participle stem of applicare (see apply). Meaning "sincere hard effort" is from c. 1600. Meaning "a formal request to be hired for a job or paid position" is by 1851.
1. After a year we will sympathetically consider an application for reinstatement.
2. De Gaulle vetoed Britain's application to join the EEC.
3. How do the two techniques compare in terms of application?
4. Fill out the application carefully, and keep copies of it.
5. The district council agreed with the objectors and turned down the application.