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[ uh-plahyd ]


  1. having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena ( theoretical, 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.


/ əˈplaɪd /


  1. related to or put to practical use Compare pure

    applied mathematics

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Other Words From

  • unap·plied adjective
  • well-ap·plied adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of applied1

First recorded in 1490–1500; apply + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

With the development of applied scientific principles, science enables us to not only understand how things work but how to make use of that understanding in the technology that supports our everyday lives.

If you fertilize and plant your food plot in soil that’s too acidic, the forage you plant will only be able to access about half of the nutrients from the applied fertilizer.

Finally, the work also supported federal policy decisions that prioritized basic and applied research on coronaviruses.

Previously she researched issues impacting low-income families at an applied policy institute at the New School.

The University of Washington experienced a summer fraternity outbreak and applied lessons learned.

They should have pointed the nose of the Airbus down and applied more power.

Elauf, who is Muslim, had applied for a job at an A&F store in Tulsa, Oklahoma when she was 17.

Last year, according to The New York Times, one student applied to nearly 90 colleges.

The committee recommended a single—and simple—principle be applied to the law, that of consent.

But Herx showed that this “gender-neutral” rule had never been applied against men.

After the battle of the Pyramids he fell sick, and before the Syrian expedition, applied to return to France.

But if you restrict it, to the sense in which it is commonly applied to the angelic sex, I am not prepared to answer.

It is usually applied only where there is a natural suggestiveness between each pair of words.

The word mistranslated “greater,” πλεῖον, is neuter and cannot be applied to a man.

It began with certain postulates, or assumptions, to a great extent unconscious, of the conditions to which it applied.


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