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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
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British Dictionary definitions for wellapplied

applied

/əˈplaɪd/
adjective
1.
related to or put to practical use: applied mathematics Compare pure (sense 5)
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Word Origin and History for wellapplied

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).

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