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applied

[uh-plahyd] /əˈplaɪd/
adjective
1.
having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from theoretical, opposed to pure):
applied mathematics; applied science.
2.
of or pertaining to those arts or crafts that have a primarily utilitarian function, or to the designs and decorations used in these arts.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; apply + -ed2
Related forms
unapplied, adjective
well-applied, adjective

apply

[uh-plahy] /əˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), applied, applying.
1.
to make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent:
to apply a theory to a problem.
2.
to put to use, especially for a particular purpose:
to apply pressure to open a door.
3.
to bring into action; use; employ:
He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop.
4.
to use a label or other designation:
Don't apply any such term to me.
5.
to use for or assign to a specific purpose:
He applied a portion of his salary each week to savings.
6.
to put into effect:
They applied the rules to new members only.
7.
to devote or employ diligently or with close attention:
to apply one's mind to a problem; to apply oneself to a task.
8.
to place in contact with; lay or spread on:
to apply paint to a wall; to apply a bandage to a wound.
9.
to bring into physical contact with or close proximity to:
to apply a match to gunpowder.
10.
to credit to, as an account:
to apply $10 to his account at the store.
verb (used without object), applied, applying.
11.
to be pertinent, suitable, or relevant:
The argument applies to the case. The theory doesn't apply.
12.
to make an application or request; ask:
to apply for a job; to apply for a raise.
13.
to lay or spread on:
The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface.
14.
to be placed or remain in contact:
This paint doesn't apply very easily.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English ap(p)lien < Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)lier < Latin applicāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plicāre to fold; see ply2
Related forms
appliable, adjective
appliableness, noun
appliably, adverb
applier, noun
preapply, verb (used with object), preapplied, preapplying.
reapply, verb, reapplied, reapplying.
unappliable, adjective
unappliably, adverb
Synonyms
3. utilize. 5. appropriate, allot, assign, dedicate. 12. petition, sue, entreat.
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Examples from the web for applied
  • Fuel cells have long promised pollution-free driving, but have been held back by their enormous cost when applied to a normal car.
  • After completing the design and allowing the caulking to dry, she applied tile grout and left it to dry overnight.
  • Whistler used diluted oils, applied quickly to give his paintings a spontaneity similar to watercolors.
  • The technology can also be applied to conventional silicon crystal solar panels to boost efficiency.
  • There he began by sculpting clay applied to a wooden armature.
  • Local tax and shipping charges will be applied by region.
  • These surfaces must be scrubbed clean with a strong detergent or with a grease solvent of some kind before new paint is applied.
  • So far, dispersants have mainly been applied to surface slicks by spraying from planes.
  • The ink rests in tiny beads that remain lodged in the skin after a tattoo is applied.
  • To solve the problem, adjust the rate at which water is applied.
British Dictionary definitions for applied

applied

/əˈplaɪd/
adjective
1.
related to or put to practical use: applied mathematics Compare pure (sense 5)

apply

/əˈplaɪ/
verb -plies, -plying, -plied
1.
(transitive) to put to practical use; utilize; employ
2.
(intransitive) to be relevant, useful, or appropriate
3.
(transitive) to cause to come into contact with; put onto
4.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to put in an application or request
5.
(transitive) often foll by to. to devote (oneself, one's efforts) with diligence
6.
(transitive) to bring into operation or use: the police only applied the law to aliens
7.
(transitive) to refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing
Derived Forms
applier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French aplier, from Latin applicāre to attach to
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Word Origin and History for applied
adj.

"put to practical use," (as opposed to abstract or theoretical), 1650s, from past participle of apply. Earlier it was used in a sense of "folded" (c.1500).

apply

v.

late 14c., "to put (one's faculties, etc.) to some task or career," late 14c., from Old French aploiier "apply, use, attach" (12c., Modern French appliquer), from Latin applicare "attach to, join, connect;" figuratively, "devote (oneself) to, give attention," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + plicare "fold" (see ply (v.1)). The etymological sense is "bring things in contact with one another." Of lotions, from early 15c. Meaning "seek a job by submitting an application for one" is from 1851. A by-form applicate is recorded from 1530s. Related: Applied; applying.

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