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applied Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    employ; apply; use; utilize; utilise.
    • use your head!
    • we only use Spanish at home
    • I can't use this tool
    • Apply a magnetic field here
    • This thinking was applied to many projects
    • How do you utilize this tool?
    • I apply this rule to get good results
    • use the plastic bags to store the food
    • He doesn't know how to use a computer
  2. verb be pertinent or relevant or applicable
    apply; hold; go for.
    • The same laws apply to you!
    • This theory holds for all irrational numbers
    • The same rules go for everyone
  3. verb ask (for something)
    • He applied for a leave of absence
    • She applied for college
    • apply for a job
  4. verb apply to a surface
    apply; put on.
    • She applied paint to the back of the house
    • Put on make-up!
  5. verb be applicable to; as to an analysis
    lend oneself; apply.
    • This theory lends itself well to our new data
  6. verb give or convey physically
    apply; give.
    • She gave him First Aid
    • I gave him a punch in the nose
  7. verb avail oneself to
    apply; use; practice.
    • apply a principle
    • practice a religion
    • use care when going down the stairs
    • use your common sense
    • practice non-violent resistance
  8. verb ensure observance of laws and rules;
    apply; implement; enforce.
    • Apply the rules to everyone
  9. verb refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
    • He applied this racial slur to me!
  10. verb apply oneself to
    • Please apply yourself to your homework
  11. adjective concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles
    • applied physics
    • applied psychology
    • technical problems in medicine, engineering, economics and other applied disciplines"- Sidney Hook