apt

adjective
\ ˈapt How to pronounce apt (audio) \

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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Other Words from apt

Adjective

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

Synonyms for apt

Synonyms: Adjective

given, inclined, prone, tending

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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

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Boogie Woogie is an apt name for a dance partner, and in many ways, that’s exactly what Petra Hilleberg’s horse is to her. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Staying Fit With the Help of a Horse Named Boogie Woogie," 12 Jan. 2019 And privately, even some pro-Trump Republicans view the red-state tour as the safest approach for a politician more apt to mock a teleprompter than to faithfully adhere to it. New York Times, "Trump’s Summer Campaign Priority: Target Red-State Democratic Senators," 29 May 2018 With all that power, Ludicrous mode feels like an apt name. Jordan Golson, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s Model X: A lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition," 21 Jan. 2018 Having work and life dates in one place, rather than scattered, makes me much less apt to space on something. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Does Work/Life Balance Exist in the Gig Economy?," 8 Nov. 2018 Outside the hotel, the dark, muddy waters of the Atlantic Ocean here in French Guiana seem a particularly apt mirror. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 In a week where the Duchess of Sussex faced more criticism from the British tabloids—this time for simply having friends who defended her against a never-ending onslaught of untrue and negative reports—his words could not have been more apt. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 But Rodger and Sodini were apt to rage over any coupling. David J. Krajicek, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Incel' killers: Man who gunned down three women in 2009 set tone for 'involuntary celibate' mass murderers," 6 May 2018 Those who do are apt to find a more peaceful and fulfilling nature experience. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Valley is under siege from tourists. Can it be saved?," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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