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.
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References in classic literature ?
Giving his wife a hearty kiss, and Nicholas a no less hearty shake of the hand, John mounted his horse and rode off: leaving Mrs Browdie to apply herself to hospitable preparations, and his young friend to stroll about the neighbourhood, and revisit spots which were rendered familiar to him by many a miserable association.
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.
I think it was the first breakthrough of the female being able to do a job, being aware enough to apply herself and show that she could do the job.
And web producer Lydia Sweat raises the necessity of her actions by finding more time to apply herself to personal growth in this month's edition of The Challenge (Page 28).
The first four lines of the poem were copied from a Dutch magazine and encourage Christiane Van Maarsen to apply herself more in school.
Not attending school has not meant that Reka did not apply herself wholly to a journey of learning.
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