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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That is also an apt way to describe how the Padres feel about getting the 26-year-old right-hander back fewer than 15 months after Tommy John surgery. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Dinelson Lamet’s return set; Wil Myers back in lineup," 4 July 2019 That seemed an apt summation of the entire census process, which has lurched from lawsuit to crisis and back since the citizenship issue arose, and seemed on the verge of being upended on Wednesday. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders," 3 July 2019 The well-worn, and in this case apt, saying that peace is more than an absence of war could have been coined for today’s Northern Ireland. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Border Posts and Border Ghosts," 1 July 2019 To this end Mr Bellamy, with the clean-cut looks of a choirboy, was an apt choice. The Economist, "France’s Republican party faces extinction," 29 June 2019 If there has ever been a historical moment apt to foster optimism of the intellect, right now would not appear to be it. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 June 2019 When modeling as a woman, Westling was a near-constant presence at Prada’s shows, making the brand an apt choice for his return to the runway. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nathan Westling Makes His Menswear Debut at Prada," 6 June 2019 This year would have been an apt time to show up since Taylor does have her campy, self-referential, pseudo-serious moments. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Why Didn’t Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Ariana Grande Attend Met Gala 2019?," 7 May 2019 Should the bill one day materialize, the composition of Tubman and Jackson, two faces of the same vexed coin, would serve as an apt emblem of Americans’ habit of historical equivocation. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 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

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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