[ uh-plahyd ]
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  1. having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from theoretical, opposed to pure): applied mathematics; applied science.

  2. of or relating to those arts or crafts that have a primarily utilitarian function, or to the designs and decorations used in these arts: Her goal was to integrate aesthetics into everyday life through an applied art, particularly with her hand-painted dinner plates.

Origin of applied

First recorded in 1490–1500; apply + -ed2

Other words from applied

  • un·ap·plied, adjective
  • well-ap·plied, adjective

Words Nearby applied Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use applied in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for applied


/ (əˈplaɪd) /

  1. related to or put to practical use: applied mathematics Compare pure (def. 5)

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