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

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Examples of applied in a Sentence

a professor of applied science used some applied psychology to get the teenager to become more responsible

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The chicken was chopped and tender, while the fish was well-fried, although the tarter sauce draped overtop was slightly sweet and applied with too heavy a hand. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Tamia Booker of Richmond Heights completed a bachelor of arts in psychology, and Brittney Lay of Mayfield Village earned a bachelor of science in applied science in allied health. Maria Shine Stewart,, "Awards galore adorn this week’s column: Sun Messages," 22 June 2019 Carr is majoring in combined engineering-physics with a minor in applied mathematics and is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Austin Carr, Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area students earn college honors nationwide," 21 June 2019 In his opinion, the Establishment Clause shouldn’t even be applied to states. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS says the Christian cross has “secular” meaning, citing Notre Dame in France," 20 June 2019 Dulos holds a bachelor's in applied mathematics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, according to his company profile. Darran Simon, CNN, "Here is what we know about a missing Connecticut mother of five and the two people charged in the case," 4 June 2019 At the meeting, trustees also approved doctorate programs in applied physics and health sciences, a master’s program in data science, and a bachelor’s degree in public health. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 In order to grow, Rise applied to several business accelerators that could provide money and mentorship. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste," 25 June 2018 Cold compresses applied to the area may be helpful to temporarily relieve the discomfort, but the itchiness may persist as long as the nerve issue itself does. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of applied

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of applied

: having or relating to practical use : not theoretical


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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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