aptitude

noun
ap·​ti·​tude | \ ˈap-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce aptitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Definition of aptitude

1a : inclination, tendency an aptitude for hard work
b : a natural ability : talent an aptitude for gymnastics
2 : capacity for learning an aptitude for languages
3 : general suitability : aptness

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Other Words from aptitude

aptitudinal \ ˌap-​tə-​ˈtü-​dᵊn-​əl How to pronounce aptitudinal (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective
aptitudinally adverb

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gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature. the gift of singing beautifully faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function. a faculty for remembering names aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it. a mechanical aptitude bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability. a family with an artistic bent talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed. has enough talent to succeed genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability. has no great genius for poetry knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance. the knack of getting along

Examples of aptitude in a Sentence

The new test is supposed to measure the aptitudes of the students. bored teenagers with an aptitude for getting into trouble

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Lizzo belongs to a class of women artists—along with Tierra Whack, Megan Thee Stallion, Mitski, Solange, and others—that are working with an extraordinarily immodest aptitude for industry-wide reinvention. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Lizzo's 'Juice' Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019," 3 July 2019 At the same time, given the legal scrutiny around virtually all other employment tests, requiring a college degree is the only remaining proxy for aptitude that doesn’t carry a risk of litigation. Frederick M. Hess And, WSJ, "Degree Inflation and Discrimination," 2 Apr. 2018 In aptitude, Roethlisberger warranted a slight edge over Rivers, it could be argued, because of his rare ability to improvise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: After big deal for Big Ben, what’s Chargers QB Philip Rivers worth?," 20 June 2019 The news story underscored how standardized test scores—once hailed as a neutral measure of a student's aptitude—are subject to bias. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "SAT to Add "Adversity Score," in Hopes of Narrowing the Achievement Gap," 17 May 2019 Admission to a charter school cannot be limited on the basis of disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Competing with charters improves public schools," 8 June 2019 Navigation aptitude appears to peak around age 19, and after that, most people slowly stop using spatial memory strategies to find their way, relying on habit instead. M.r. O'connor |, Twin Cities, "M.R. O’Connor: Here’s what gets lost when we rely on GPS," 7 June 2019 Coming from a hunting term referencing pointer dog breeds’ aptitude for tracking down fallen fowl, the expression has undeniably possessive undertones. Amanda Montell, Glamour, "From Ghosting to Going Steady, Here's a Guide to the History of Dating Slang," 31 May 2019 Sox hitters have shown some aptitude for hitting first pitches. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Davidson a late scratch with back tightness, replaced by Jose Rondon in White Sox lineup," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of aptitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aptitude

Middle English, "tendency, likelihood," borrowed from Medieval Latin aptitūdō, going back to Late Latin, "fitness," from Latin aptus "fastened, prepared, suitable, fitting" + -i- -i- + -tūdō -tude — more at apt entry 1

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aptitude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aptitude

: a natural ability to do something or to learn something

aptitude

noun
ap·​ti·​tude | \ ˈap-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce aptitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of aptitude

1 : natural ability : talent He has an aptitude for music.
2 : capacity to learn a test of aptitude

aptitude

noun
ap·​ti·​tude | \ ˈap-tə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce aptitude (audio) \

Medical Definition of aptitude

: a natural or acquired capacity or ability especially : a tendency, capacity, or inclination to learn or understand

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