Simple Definition of apt
: likely to do something : having a tendency to do something
: appropriate or suitable
: quick to learn
Full Definition of apt
1 : unusually fitted or qualified : ready <proved an apt tool in the hands of the conspirators>
3 : suited to a purpose; especially : being to the point <an apt quotation>
4 : keenly intelligent and responsive <an apt pupil>
Usage Discussion of apt
Both liable and apt when followed by an infinitive are used nearly interchangeably with likely. Although conflicting advice has been given over the years, most current commentators accept apt when so used. They generally recommend limiting liable to situations having an undesirable outcome, and our evidence shows that in edited writing it is more often so used than not.
Examples of apt in a sentence
“Stripe” is an apt name for the cat, since she has striped fur.
<that dog is apt to run off if you don't put him on a leash>
Origin of apt
Middle English, from Latin aptus, literally, fastened, from past participle of apere to fasten; akin to Latin apisci to grasp, obtain, apud near, Hittite ḫap- to attach
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of apt
quick, prompt, ready, apt mean able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability. quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power <quick reflexes> <a keen quick mind>. prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response <prompt emergency medical care>. ready suggests facility or fluency in response <backed by a pair of ready assistants>. apt stresses the possession of qualities (as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible <an apt student> <her answer was apt and to the point>.
Definition of apt
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Word Root of apt
The Latin word aptus, meaning “fit” or “suitable,” gives us the root apt or ept. Words from the Latin aptus have something to do with being fitting or suitable. Something apt fits just right into a situation. To adapt is to change in order to fit a situation better. Someone who is adept has suitable skills to perform a task well, while someone who is inept does not.
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