ap·plied | \ə-ˈplīd \

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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Tapp-Harper, 50, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Coppin State University, and a master’s degree in applied behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University. Kevin Rector,, "Tapp-Harper, longtime Baltimore commander and spokeswoman for police and sheriff, wants commissioner job," 7 June 2018 The federal seed money is aimed at filling a gap that the private sector generally doesn’t: the difficult period of applied research, when the science is proven but the prototype is not yet built. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Even in Trump era, green energy innovation is sparking, not sputtering," 27 Apr. 2018 David Keith, a professor of applied physics and public policy at Harvard University, said in a statement. Martin Finucane,, "Researchers say they can capture carbon dioxide from the air — and recycle it back into fuel," 7 June 2018 Local students graduate Brian Michael Guendling of Poway, bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, March 8," 8 Mar. 2018 The groom graduated from the University of Michigan and received a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University. New York Times, "Amanda Kane, Jeffrey Rapp," 1 July 2018 Mark Russell, a researcher who specializes in applied exercise physiology at Leeds Trinity University in England and collaborates with Arent, agrees on the importance of strength training for soccer performance. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Avoiding the “Bobblehead Effect”: Strength Training Could Help Soccer Players," 29 June 2018 The administration wants to combine applied energy programs researching fossil-fuel, nuclear and renewable energy into a single new office. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power," 22 June 2018 The decades-old Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, which has trained thousands in applied and creative arts since the 1970s, has stopped accepting students. David Lyons,, "Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale stops accepting new students as parent pares U.S. operations," 3 July 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 \

Medical Definition of applied 

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

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