ap·​plied | \ ə-ˈplīd How to pronounce applied (audio) \

Definition of applied

1 : put to practical use applied art especially : applying general principles to solve definite problems applied sciences
2 : working in an applied science an applied physicist

Examples of applied in a Sentence

a professor of applied science used some applied psychology to get the teenager to become more responsible
Recent Examples on the Web Rhea’s replacement is Paul Constantine, who is now listed as the director of applied science after serving last season as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Mike Rodak |, al, 30 Mar. 2022 Volozh graduated with a degree in applied mathematics and, together with Segalovich, began launching a series of small information technology companies. Paul Starobin, Wired, 22 Mar. 2022 Trump’s tough-guy, rule-breaking persona also appeals to a certain strain of evangelicals, particularly Pentecostals, according to Erica Ramirez, a sociologist of religion and director of applied research at Auburn Seminary in New York City. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 The makeup pro applied shade Motha Luva – a light pink nude – to the outside of the 33-year-old mom-to-be's lips to define her iconic cupid's bow. Alex Apatoff,, 7 Feb. 2022 This includes reviewing concepts such as ethical AI, applied statistics for non-engineers and machine learning. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Over 50 journals are devoted to using applied mathematics to solve various problems of operational efficiency, yet this collective knowledge often remains untapped. Sushil Verma, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, said the extra funds that the Fed has pumped into the economy are causing an inflationary reaction that will linger longer than the central bank expects. Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2022 Riley’s eventual success launched the field of applied entomology—using bugs to protect crops—and secured his legacy as its founder. Martin J. Kernan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of applied

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Applied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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ap·​plied | \ ə-ˈplīd How to pronounce applied (audio) \

Medical Definition of applied

: put to practical use especially : applying general principles to solve definite problems applied sciences applied psychology

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