See also: apt. and ap’t

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French apte, from Latin aptus, from obsolete apere (to fasten, to join, to fit), akin to apisci (to reach, attain); compare with Greek ἅπτειν (ἅptein, to fasten) and Sanskrit आप्त (āpta, fit), from आप् (āp, to reach, attain).

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AdjectiveEdit

apt (comparative apter or more apt, superlative aptest or most apt)

  1. Suitable; appropriate; fit or fitted; suited.
    Tonight there’s a full moon, which is apt, since the election night will bring out the lunatics.
    • Jeremy Taylor (1613–1677)
      a river [] apt to be forded by a lamb
  2. (of persons or things) Having a habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; disposed towards.
    • William Temple (1628–1699)
      My vines and peaches [] were apt to have a soot or smuttiness upon their leaves and fruit.
    • John Lubbock (1834-1913)
      This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of its leaves by a leaf-cutting ant.
    • Fairfax Harrison (1869-1938)
      that lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers
  3. Ready; especially fitted or qualified (to do something); quick to learn; prompt; expert; as, a pupil apt to learn; an apt scholar.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Johnson
      An apt wit.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      (Although I) live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die.

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