[ 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.

Origin of applied

First recorded in 1490–1500; apply + -ed2


un·ap·plied, adjectivewell-ap·plied, adjective

Definition for applied (2 of 2)

[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for applied (1 of 2)

/ (əˈplaɪd) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for applied (2 of 2)

/ (əˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

Derived forms of apply

applier, noun

Word Origin for apply

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