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
Recent Examples on the Web Seargeant is a senior lecturer in applied linguistics at The Open University in England. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Never mind the naysayers: Emoji are a vital part of online communication," 1 Dec. 2019 There are very few centers globally that can take this approach, but there’s increasing interest because of the applied nature of the fire disaster problem and the need to understand the intersection of all these different perspectives. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Massive Australian blazes will ‘reframe our understanding of bushfire’," 20 Nov. 2019 Marin Bozic, assistant professor in University of Minnesota's applied economics department, said that Dean's bankruptcy is more than just symbolic. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "America's milk industry is struggling. Don't blame oat milk," 21 Nov. 2019 Those students had earned an applied science degree in viticulture, the science of tending vineyards, and enology, the art of winemaking. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "How students in a college winemaking class produced the best wine in Arizona," 19 Nov. 2019 North Coast College will begin offering the two associate's in applied science degree programs, which will require 12 months of coursework followed by a four-month internship. Marc Bona, cleveland, "North Coast College to begin culinary-degree programs, partner with local restaurant group," 29 Oct. 2019 People who are usually considered to be great employees spend the bulk of their time in focused, applied activity. Akhila Satish, Quartz at Work, "Your productivity hacks are useless without this one essential theory," 28 Oct. 2019 Especially when transitioning from an applied brake—as when approaching a turn at an intersection—the GLI pauses deliberately before sending power to the ground. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The VW Jetta GLI: A Golf GTI with a trunk, or cost-cut spiced-up sedan?," 7 Oct. 2019 Much of applied science involves nonlinear systems and problem solving. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is the Three-Body Problem Unsolvable?," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of applied

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of applied was in 1656

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29 Dec 2019

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“Applied.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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