apply oneself

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apply oneself

To try hard or concentrate one's abilities (toward something). Without the preposition "to," it refers to a concentrated effort in general. I know you think you won't be able to understand this level of math, but you just need to apply yourself, and you'll find success. If we apply ourselves to the problem, we'll find a solution eventually.
See also: apply
References in classic literature ?
Her temper being naturally good, she was never violent or morose, but from constant indulgence, and habitual scorn of reason, she was often testy and capricious; her mind had never been cultivated: her intellect, at best, was somewhat shallow; she possessed considerable vivacity, some quickness of perception, and some talent for music and the acquisition of languages, but till fifteen she had troubled herself to acquire nothing;--then the love of display had roused her faculties, and induced her to apply herself, but only to the more showy accomplishments.
She is however quite unable to apply herself steadily to any kind of work.
That she will faithfully apply herself to the acquisition of those accomplishments, upon the exercise of which she will be ultimately dependent.
She will have to really apply herself again as she lines up off a 6lb higher mark but Mia San Triple has not seen much racing yet and could well have plenty of improvement in the locker.
She will have to really apply herself again as she lines up off a 6lb higher mark, but Mia San Triple has not seen much racing yet and could well have plenty of improvement in the locker.
So if Raya - a former Olympic hopeful - can apply herself to her burgeoning music career in the same way she did to her athletic one, she could be in business.
Sulaf, never one to be camera-shy , will apply herself as director to her first film project titled "Rasael Al Karaz" (Cherry Letters) in the coming season.
After her second stint in rehab, 15-year-old Drew was granted legal emancipation from her parents and decided to apply herself to her career.
Until Armitage discovered a talent for bookkeeping in high school, she didn't apply herself.
SHE knows how to apply herself - and lipstick artist Karla Black is the early favourite to win this year's Turner Prize.
It was while Tayor, who recently gave up her psychotherapy practice to apply herself to comedy full time, was living in the city that she met husband-to-be Evans, who runs sustainable clothing label ArcEnd.
To apply herself by utilising her junior school learning to learn about new curriculum and subjects
Jessica's headteacher, Michael Collins, said: "Jessica is a lovely little girl and she did extremely well to take the initiative to use the internet and apply herself.
Preferring to watch television rather than apply herself, Eliza fares poorly at school and is largely ignored by her family and teachers.