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Definition of apt

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1 : unusually fitted or qualified : ready proved an apt tool in the hands of the conspirators
2a : having a tendency : likely plants apt to suffer from drought
b : ordinarily disposed : inclined apt to accept what is plausible as true
3 : suited to a purpose especially : being to the point an apt quotation
4 : keenly intelligent and responsive an apt pupil

Definition of apt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 apartment
2 aptitude

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Adjective

aptness \ ˈap(t)-​nəs How to pronounce aptness (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action. fit for battle suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

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 (such 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

Liable vs. Apt: Usage Guide

Adjective

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.

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Adjective “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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In fact, the doubts Jason expresses about her emotional stability seem more apt than Nikki's own successful arguments for their parental competency. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trying': TV Review," 30 Apr. 2020 That cycle seems as apt a description as any for the biomedical science around COVID. David Shaywitz, National Review, "We Know Less about COVID Than We Thought — We Need More Data," 17 Apr. 2020 In the era of social distancing, self-isolation and uncertainty, these words seem particularly apt. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'We Are All Trying to Survive This Thing.' Gloria Gaynor on Her Viral Hand-Washing Video," 16 Mar. 2020 The buzz: Michigan compares Williams to Livers, which seems apt. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what Michigan basketball's roster might look like next season," 16 Mar. 2020 All of which seems apt, of course, for a party that has been played like one and that badly needs to stop the bleeding and find direction. Timothy Smith, Washington Post, "In ballot initiatives, they made their voices heard. Then came the backlash.," 13 Mar. 2020 The senators seemed more apt to quietly whisper an aside to a neighbor, though earlier this afternoon, they were banned from talking. WSJ, "Trump's Impeachment Trial—Live Analysis," 22 Jan. 2020 That description seemed apt in light of widespread tanking, which yielded seven 100-loss teams in 2018-19 — matching the total from the prior seven seasons. BostonGlobe.com, "Dave Dombrowski," 22 Dec. 2019 The name seemed more apt for a congregation that had outgrown the bounds of a single city. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, "Will Worship for Likes," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of apt

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apt

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Latin aptus "fastened, connected, prepared, in good order, good (at doing something), suitable, fitting," past participle of apio, apere "to join, connect," of uncertain origin

Note: Though the presumed participle aptus is well-attested in Latin, the simple verb apere is known only from the lexicographical comments of the Roman grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus. Possibly related on phonetic grounds to apere are the verbs coepī, coepisse "to begin" (attested only in the perfect) and apīscor, apīscī "to seize hold of, grasp, obtain, secure." The Latin complex is conventionally linked with Sanskrit ā́pa and Avestan āpa "has reached," Sanskrit āpnóti "reaches, overtakes," and Hittite epzi "seizes, captures," and appanzi "(they) seize," from an alleged Indo-European verbal base *h1ep- "seize" (with the perfects in Latin and Sanskrit the outcome of a reduplicated *h1e-h1(o)p-). However, if the primary meaning of the Latin verb is "join," which appears likely (cf. cōpula "bond, fastening," from *co-ap-ula; see couple entry 1), then apīscī and coepī appear semantically too distant (unless, in an inchoative and middle derivative the sense "join onself to" led to "seize hold of, obtain"?). If apere/aptus is unrelated to apīscī and coepī, another possible point of relation would be Hittite hāpzi "joins, attaches," going back to Indo-European *h2ep-. (This would also ease the difficulty of accounting for the vocalism a- in Latin, at least in apere if not in apīscī.)

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“Apt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apt. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of apt

: likely to do something : having a tendency to do something
: appropriate or suitable
: quick to learn
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Kids Definition of apt

1 : having a tendency : likely He is apt to become angry over small things.
2 : just right : suitable an apt reply
3 : quick to learn a student apt in arithmetic

Other Words from apt

aptly adverb
aptness noun

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