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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 From the Boston Review: Domain expertise is crucial for any applied machine learning project. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How A.I. can speed up the COVID-19 vaccination drive," 5 Jan. 2021 The other two men on the team are Sam Blake, an applied mathematician who lives in Australia, and Jarl Van Eycke, a warehouse operator in Belgium. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Zodiac Killer cipher is cracked after eluding sleuths for 51 years," 12 Dec. 2020 Distiller Sean Venus’ career began in a high school science class when an applied science experiment on fermentation led to a career in brewing. Lou Bustamante,, "Is there such a thing as a California-style whiskey? Finally, the answer is yes," 17 Dec. 2020 Marloes Maathuis, a professor of theoretical and applied statistics at ETH Zurich, looked at how directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) could be used to derive causal relationships in data. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. needs to get real—and other takeways from this year’s NeurIPS," 15 Dec. 2020 It will be followed at 2 p.m. with a ceremony for career and technical programs (associate of applied science degrees, vocational specialist certificates, and basic vocational specialist certificates)., "Elgin News Digest," 3 Dec. 2020 No, Brooks was having a debate with a man named Philip Duffy, who holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University and who has dedicated his life to studying climate change. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: Mo Brooks knows better than you," 4 Dec. 2020 Until the early 20th century, fundamental physics—that is, the study of phenomena that can’t be explained by existing laws but require the discovery of new ones—was also the most important applied physics. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Beautiful, Impractical Physics," 29 Oct. 2020 The final €85 billion budget is €1.5 billion more than first proposed by the European Commission in 2018, but €5 billion is reserved for applied research and support for small tech firms under a post-pandemic recovery fund. Nicholas Wallace, Science | AAAS, "European research budget gets unexpected €4 billion boost," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Applied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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