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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
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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.
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.
Nestor, right, said: "Being part of the DIT Sigerson team helped me realise that, look, if I'm able to play with this team of super stars I should be able to play with Meath, if I apply myself.
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.
In the first few months, there was a lot of information and I had to apply myself.
The people at KidsTek have helped me apply myself to my education.
I think its good to have a balance of music and acting and apply myself to both, because I know that what I want to do to push myself, so its fun
But last season I looked to apply myself more and not throw my wicket away.
And I had to really apply myself to the training, doing an extra bit here and there on top of my normal stuff.
I made a conscious decision to apply myself better.