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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 ?
When you come home you sit down in a sober, contemplative, not uncharitable frame of mind, and apply yourself to your books or your business.
If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.
It is that you will let me know, deliberately, whether, in case of my death, you will carry out my wishes: whether you will avoid doing what I should deprecate, and apply yourself to do what I should desire.
If you lived in an unfinished house, you couldn't settle down in it; if you were condemned to leave everything you undertook unfinished, you would find it hard to apply yourself to anything; and yet that's my unhappy case.
I thought that's what the two of them showed today, if you apply yourself and you are very clear on how you are looking to play, you can survive on that pitch.
It can also teach them to aspire to success and to realise that almost anything is possible when you apply yourself and give it your all.
Biz Replies: You can apply yourself but it's complex.
Positive changes on the work front are foreseen as you apply yourself to the problems at hand.
I think it's great for the other Academy boys too to see that there is a definite pathway at our club if you apply yourself in the right way.
It's about how you apply yourself when you get up there and how you meet the challenge.
It's really tough to know what to do and how to apply yourself.
You have to apply yourself in training and show how much you want to wear that shirt.
You're good at money when you apply yourself and that's what he's asking of you - apply yourself.
He shows if you apply yourself you can achieve greatness and Brad's done that.
You don't deserve to take anything out of matches when you don't apply yourself and I was angry about how we performed.