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

Likewise, nonwhites have become 14 points less apt to be extremely proud about the U.S. (from 47 percent to 33 percent), twice the size of the drop among whites (from 61 percent to 54 percent). Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "It’s Independence Day, but Americans aren’t feeling so proud," 4 July 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice Facing a horde of reporters while his father fought back tears feet away, Jayson Schroeder mustered an apt description of his Friday afternoon. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros sign second-round pick Jayson Schroeder," 22 June 2018 Strayed is a particularly apt choice for this year's show. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Cheryl Strayed will headline 'The Vagina Monologues' in Portland for PCC," 25 Jan. 2018 But the centerpiece of the show is both impressive and instructive, even if it’s built on the flimsiest foundation and seems apt to topple over like an unanchored church steeple. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Review: Deception on the Stage and Under the Steeple," 21 June 2018 In fact, both Beckhams are apt to share heartfelt family moments on Instagram, from joint outings and vacations to down time at home. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "David and Victoria Beckham Shut Down Rumors That They're Getting a Divorce," 8 June 2018 But for Bee, who is a woman, using a traditionally misogynist insult to rail against the most prominent traitor of women’s interests in America seems so apt as to be downright elegant. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "What’s So Bad About the C-Word?," 5 June 2018 With just its craggy head visible above the waves, the comparison to a sea monster seems suddenly apt. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, "N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say - unless we act now to save them," 20 Apr. 2018 The figure of the fox collapses generations, a figure apt for our uncertain times. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Watch Kenzo’s Dreamy Reimagining of an Ancient Japanese Folktale," 13 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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