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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.
Cricket is very simple, play according to situation, rotate strike and apply yourself, you will get results,' he added.
Or if you'd like to apply yourself, you can use this form.
Having grown up with him at Reading, it is good to see what you can achieve if you apply yourself in the right way.
You could apply yourself if your sister hasn't already begun the process.
It took me quite a few years to get my degree while working, but I think you apply yourself a lot better in school when you're working at the same time and seeing how what you are studying can be applied in your career.
If you perform in these [domestic] conditions, all you have to do is take the pressure of international cricket and apply yourself effectively," said Shan.
The two at the end showed if you do apply yourself and get stuck in it does get slightly easier.
Farbrace added: "Cooky got a good ball, we had a daft run-out and then that frenetic period of play when it looked like something was going to happen every ball until those two showed at the end what you can do if you do apply yourself.
And going forward, continue to consistently apply yourself.
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.