having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from , opposed to ):
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.
to make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent:
to apply a theory to a problem.
to put to use, especially for a particular purpose:
to apply pressure to open a door.
to bring into action; use; employ:
He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop.
to use a label or other designation:
Don’t apply any such term to me.
to use for or assign to a specific purpose:
He applied a portion of his salary each week to savings.
to put into effect:
They applied the rules to new members only.
to devote or employ diligently or with close attention:
to apply one’s mind to a problem; to apply oneself to a task.
to place in contact with; lay or spread on:
to apply paint to a wall; to apply a bandage to a wound.
to bring into physical contact with or close proximity to:
to apply a match to gunpowder.
to credit to, as an account:
to apply $10 to his account at the store.
to be pertinent, suitable, or relevant:
The argument applies to the case. The theory doesn’t apply.
to make an or request; ask:
to apply for a job; to apply for a raise.
to lay or spread on:
The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface.
to be placed or remain in contact:
This paint doesn’t apply very easily.
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The blood of each was shed and applied separately for a special purpose.
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I did not, sir, apply it to a gentleman; I applied it to Mr Chatterton.
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It is not only to the most dreaded diseases that he has applied the germ theory.
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(a) Explain in full the meaning of stock as applied to soup.
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In nature the heat is applied by contact with the bodies of the parent birds.
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related to or put to practical use: applied mathematics Compare pure (sense 5)
verb -plies, -plying, -plied
(transitive) to put to practical use; utilize; employ
(intransitive) to be relevant, useful, or appropriate
(transitive) to cause to come into contact with; put onto
(intransitive) often foll by for. to put in an application or request
(transitive) often foll by to. to devote (oneself, one’s efforts) with diligence
(transitive) to bring into operation or use: the police only applied the law to aliens
(transitive) to refer (a word, epithet, etc) to a person or thing
“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).
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.
- Applied art
noun any art that applies aesthetic principles to the design or decoration of useful objects, such as industrial design, bookmaking, illustration, printmaking, and commercial art Examples The applied arts are usually contrasted with the fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, fine printmaking, etc.), which are seen as serving no purpose other than providing an aesthetic experience. […]
- Applied kinematics
- Applied linguistics
linguistic theory as applied to such fields as lexicography, psychology, the teaching of reading, the creation of orthographies, and especially language teaching. the study of practical applications of linguistics, as to telephone engineering, data processing, and data retrieval.
to make use of as relevant, suitable, or pertinent: to apply a theory to a problem. to put to use, especially for a particular purpose: to apply pressure to open a door. to bring into action; use; employ: He applied the brakes and skidded to a stop. to use a label or other designation: Don’t […]