[ uh-plahyd ]
/ əˈplaɪd /


having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from theoretical, opposed to pure): applied mathematics; applied science.
of or relating to those arts or crafts that have a primarily utilitarian function, or to the designs and decorations used in these arts.

Nearby words

  1. application program,
  2. applications package,
  3. applicative,
  4. applicator,
  5. applicatory,
  6. applied anatomy,
  7. applied kinematics,
  8. applied linguistics,
  9. applique,
  10. appliqued

Origin of applied

First recorded in 1490–1500; apply + -ed2

Related formsun·ap·plied, adjectivewell-ap·plied, adjective


[ uh-plahy ]
/ əˈplaɪ /

verb (used with object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

verb (used without object), ap·plied, ap·ply·ing.

Origin of apply

1350–1400; Middle English ap(p)lien < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)lier < Latin applicāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plicāre to fold; see ply2

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for applied


/ (əˈplaɪd) /


related to or put to practical useapplied mathematics Compare pure (def. 5)


/ (əˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

Derived Formsapplier, noun

Word Origin for apply

C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to

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