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 ?
I revolved these circumstances in my mind and determined thenceforth to apply myself more particularly to those branches of natural philosophy which relate to physiology.
One step, at least, I may take--am bound to take indeed--and to that I will apply myself tomorrow.
But, in the absence of any such miraculous provision, my desire was to apply myself to some pursuit that would not lie too heavily upon her purse; and to do my duty in it, whatever it might be.
Spirit "So I just try to make sure on the day I apply myself the best I can.
The more you play, the more you get recognised and marked, so it's understanding my role in the system and how I can apply myself within the game and be the biggest pain I can to the opposition and how I can best impose myself on the game.
Or, I'm going to apply myself to writing and will finish a collection of poetry by my 18th birthday.
I'll go in there, apply myself, work hard and hopefully get into the team," he added.
I didn't apply myself fully in training at times and I learned too late.
There are many negative aspects to this condition," says Sian, "but it has pushed me on to apply myself and become qualified as a counsellor, also to go back to my love of singing and be a part of a local blues band.
When I was young, my great uncle Joseph Seruto (a Sicilian immigrant, chemist and father of five) drew diagrams to emphasize just how important it was to apply myself in school.
Being a part of NEHA has been a fantastic experience as it gives me the opportunity to apply myself towards goals and projects that truly mean something both to me personally and the world at large.
The fact that I didn't ever get to realise my ambition of playing for England was down to a lack of talent, rather than a failure to apply myself properly.
Oliver said: "The placement has given me an excellent opportunity to apply myself in a professional environment, which will put me in a fantastic position to pursue my future career.