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response from ajax call within a function

Last Modified: 2020-01-05
I have an ajax call within a function and when I return the result of the ajax call from the function it comes back undefined, what am I doing wrong here ?
	function get_applications(){
		var application_list = "";
			url: '../ajax/some_file.php',
			contentType: false,
			processData: false,
			type: 'POST',
			success: function(data){
				application_list = data;
			//	console.log(data);
			error: function() { 
			//	console.log('NOT updated'); 
		return application_list;

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