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 ?
We apply ourselves to find out, Mr Lightwood, and we find that your friend, this Mr Eugene Wrayburn, here, pays.
But we apply ourselves to the history of its production.
But if we apply ourselves and work hard you never know - it's a cup tie.
Whilst the Puesto Flores field has performed substantially better than expected and Puesto Guardian is making good money, we believe we can achieve more in all our areas of interest and we are continuing to apply ourselves in that regard.
There is need for us Governors to apply ourselves as instruments of peace in the country in light of the prevailing political circumstances.
It's still in the mix so we have to make sure we apply ourselves this weekend.
Tom Smith did spin it quite nicely, he varied his pace quite well but we have just got to apply ourselves tomorrow, go big and then look to bowl them out.
But if we apply ourselves in the same manner we did against Bala we can hopefully get a similar result.
We did not apply ourselves in the top order and to get almost 200 from the position we were in was a good effort.
But we must apply ourselves in the remaining five games in the same way as we did in the first five games.
However, I firmly believe we can get a result if we apply ourselves in the correct manner.
If the ball is reverse swinging or spinning, then we have to apply ourselves and try to adapt to the situation as quickly as possible to those conditions.
The basic principle is to apply ourselves and you go out and if the ball is reverse swinging or spinning then we have to apply ourselves and try to adapt to the situation as quickly as possible to those conditions," said Latham.
I'm not saying we're going to go there and win, but we have every chance if we apply ourselves.
We have to keep making sure we apply ourselves and we try and play the best we can against the next team we play.