Etymology
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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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Definitions of applied

applied (adj.)
concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; "technical problems in medicine, engineering, economics and other applied disciplines"- Sidney Hook;
applied psychology
applied physics
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