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

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The startup also has brought on advisers such as Mr. James’s trainer, Mike Mancias, and Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan, director of applied physiology and human performance at the University of North Carolina. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "LeBron James, Other Celebrities Team Up to Start Wellness Brand ‘Ladder’," 27 Nov. 2018 The applied strain sets other atoms in motion, straining them. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018 But to some paying attention to the Justice Department's recent decision, Bryant's admission more than half a century later — with no consequences — is simply a reminder of how unevenly applied justice is in America. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Why there’s little optimism after the Justice Department reopened the Emmett Till case," 12 July 2018 Chemistry is a sort of applied physics, with the behavior of electrons and their orbitals dictating a set of rules for which reactions can take place and what products will remain stable. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work," 18 July 2018 Collins says his lab (which specializes in basic synthetic biology research) is now looking to work with other partners focused on applied research to address questions of safety, effectiveness and cost. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "New Probiotic Cholera Vaccine Can Outrace the Infection’s Rapid Spread," 13 June 2018 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

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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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