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  • IPA(key): /æpt/
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  • Rhymes: -æpt

Etymology 1Edit

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).


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.
  2. (of persons or things) Having a habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; disposed towards.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Temple
      My vines and peaches [] were apt to have a soot or smuttiness upon their leaves and fruit.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Lubbock
      This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of its leaves by a leaf-cutting ant.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fairfax Harrison
      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
    a pupil apt to learn
    an apt scholar
    • (Can we date this quote?) Johnson
      an apt wit
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      (Although I) live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die.
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Etymology 2Edit

From apartment


apt (plural apts)

  1. An apartment; a flat
    • 2010, David Dondero, Just a Baby in Your Momma's Eyes
      Where our apt used to be they built a fancy condominium high-rise.
      Which at a lowly income none of us could ever really quite afford.


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  1. past participle of ape