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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 ?
The knowledge of the master is to be able properly to employ his slaves, for the mastership of slaves is the employment, not the mere possession of them; not that this knowledge contains anything great or respectable; for what a slave ought to know how to do, that a master ought to know how to order; for which reason, those who have it in their power to be free from these low attentions, employ a steward for this business, and apply themselves either to public affairs or philosophy: the knowledge of procuring what is necessary for a family is different from that which belongs either to the master or the slave: and to do this justly must be either by war or hunting.
Let parents choose betimes, the vocations and courses they mean their children should take; for then they are most flexible; and let them not too much apply themselves to the disposition of their children, as thinking they will take best to that, which they have most mind to.
As to the Englishmen, I promised to send them some women from England, with a good cargo of necessaries, if they would apply themselves to planting - which I afterwards could not perform.
The great delight and energy with which the two young ladies apply themselves to these duties, turning up their skirts in imitation of their mother and skating in and out on little scaffolds of pattens, inspire the highest hopes for the future, but some anxiety for the present.
That is because everything else is forgotten when they apply themselves to a task but only women have the ability to do more than one thing at a time.
These lads are good enough to beat any team in this league if they apply themselves," he commented following their latest success.
Cook's example has been followed by the rest of the team as they apply themselves in conditions that they are not used to and the resistance they have shown has surprised the Indians who have looked dispirited when they have been denied.
It's easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that s***, rather than get off their a***s in their own lives and apply themselves, work hard and achieve something.
It's easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that sort of s**t, rather than get off their arses in their own lives and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something.
I ask them to focus more, apply themselves a bit more and they will get there.
It blazes a trail for the younger players at the club who can see there is a route into the first team if they apply themselves like Jordan and David have.
We need to provide the incentives to high school students to apply themselves adequately to compete for these blue-chip scholarships.
Instead, Metallica turns up for a predictably artless rampage through the theme from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Celine Dion dismantles a piece of "Once Upon a Time in America," and a constellation of Andrea Bocelli, Chris Botti and others apply themselves to material best appreciated in its original form.
We need to embolden students to take themselves seriously, apply themselves diligently, and believe in a different future in order for them to overcome past deficiencies," she adds.
If they apply themselves correctly they will have far too much for Torquay," he added.