apt

adjective
\ˈapt \

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

aptly \ ˈap(t)-​lē \ adverb
aptness \ ˈap(t)-​nəs \ 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.

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

However the situation in Philadelphia may offer a more apt comparison. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Bears training camp questions: Can Mitchell Trubisky take off under rookie coach Matt Nagy?," 10 July 2018 All three lawmakers brought up apt historical comparisons and asked Legere and his partner in the deal, Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure, to account for past contradictory statements. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—T-Mobile CEO John Legere Emerges From Capitol Hill Grilling Unscathed," 29 June 2018 Tougher fuel economy rules are particularly useful to efforts to reduce emissions in times of low prices at the pump, when consumers are less apt to turn to higher-efficiency vehicles to save money. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump EPA’s fuel economy plan could have far-reaching consequences for climate and clean air," 3 May 2018 To beat the crowds, enjoy temperate weather, and spot abundant wildlife, go on weekdays in mid-August when kids are back in school and families are less apt to travel. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit," 22 Jan. 2018 The title was apt: Ellison was a volcanic writer and public presence, loud, furious, fire-spewing, sometimes dangerous, always impossible to ignore. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 Perhaps the apt comparison here is to Woody Allen, reconfiguring his idea of Jewish misfortune as wryness and working it out with a shrink. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Compounding the problem, for example, the studios have for the second year in a row decided to largely avoid releasing major movies in August in favor of earlier months, when people are more apt to go to the cineplex repeatedly. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Hollywood hopes for a rebound with a slew of summer blockbusters — including 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'," 22 May 2018 But considering how far the two shows deviate from a similar starting point, a more apt analogy might be Gremlins and Gremlins 2. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "A time traveler takes in The View UpStairs and learns important lessons about life and community," 6 July 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 *h2ap-. (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 \

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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