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

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British Dictionary definitions for unapplied



related to or put to practical useapplied mathematics Compare pure (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for unapplied



"put to practical use," (as opposed to abstract or theoretical), 1650s, from past participle of apply. Earlier it was used in a sense of "folded" (c.1500).

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