apt

adjective
\ ˈapt How to pronounce apt (audio) \

Definition of apt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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Other Words from apt

Adjective

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

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Synonyms: Adjective

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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.

Examples of apt in a Sentence

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 The photo showed an exhausted, battle-weary GI resting in a bunker in northern Afghanistan, an apt metaphor for what was then fast becoming the longest war in American history. Peter Bergen, CNN, "A decade later, Tim Hetherington's work lives on," 20 Apr. 2021 Michael Che has a nice joke about Mitch McConnell and Georgia’s new voter-restriction laws, and Jost’s comparison of Joe Biden to Clint Eastwood feels strangely apt. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Carey Mulligan Kicks the Drama Into Hyperspace," 11 Apr. 2021 That description feels apt to Misha Olivas, the director of programs at United Playaz, an after-school organization in San Francisco that has been running two community hubs for much of the pandemic. New York Times, "Why Child Care Staff Had to Show Up While Teachers Worked Remotely," 19 Mar. 2021 From the left side there is Justin Wilson, who was signed right before spring training and from the right side there is Chad Green, apt at pitching in numerous roles and Darren O’Day, the sidearm right-hander. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, "Before Heading For Elbow Surgery, Yankees’ Zack Britton Reflects On Covid-19 Experiences," 11 Mar. 2021 There's also a green streak, which at first glance, just seemed to indicate a rift between the characters—apt for a story that is supposedly about an affair gone wrong. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "'Behind Her Eyes' Clues You Missed About Rob and the Twist Ending," 26 Feb. 2021 The comparison of the old team name to anti-Black slurs is apt for historical reasons, not just rhetorical ones: The Washington Football Team has a legacy of clinging to racist conventions. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "When Your Hometown Team Gets a New Identity," 26 Nov. 2020 Over the last few years, there have been many comparisons – some apt, others a stretch – made between Britain's leader and President Donald Trump: the political polarization, the scare-mongering over immigration, their distinctive hairstyles. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'It could have gone either way': What British leader Boris Johnson's COVID-19 battle may tell us about Trump's," 3 Oct. 2020 Models wore safety goggles — apt for the pandemic — and elaborate headgear. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Prada-Simons dialogue launches in virtual Milan preview," 24 Sep. 2020

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of apt

: likely to do something : having a tendency to do something
: appropriate or suitable
: quick to learn

apt

adjective
\ ˈapt How to pronounce apt (audio) \

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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