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[uh-plahyd] /əˈplaɪd/
having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from theoretical, opposed to pure):
applied mathematics; applied science.
of or relating to those arts or crafts that have a primarily utilitarian function, or to the designs and decorations used in these arts.
Origin of applied
1490-1500; apply + -ed2
Related forms
unapplied, adjective
well-applied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well applied
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  • A little instruction well given and well applied is worth any amount of "stuff" poorly done and unapplied.

  • Paris acclaimed her as a genius; which abused term was for once well applied.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • At this stage two or three fomentations (see) well applied may very likely cure it entirely.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • The advice which follows can be as well applied to old-fashioned candy making as to the new sort.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • Profitable travel is often laborious, and like all well applied labor, pays.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • As to many of these nations the terms are well applied, but the Argentine must be excepted.

  • The term is well applied to the Glamorganshire river, which runs through dingles and under mountains.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • It is well applied to him who laboured incessantly, lived irreproachably, and died in harness, universally esteemed and regretted.

  • Your reproof, so well applied, I shall never forget: 'had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner.'

    Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  • For one's self, Montrose's verse may be well applied, "To win or lose it all."

    Army Life in a Black Regiment Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for well applied


related to or put to practical use: applied mathematics Compare pure (sense 5)
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Word Origin and History for well applied



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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