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definition of the word apt

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

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


apter or more apt

aptest or most apt

  1. Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate.
    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.
    This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of its leaves by a leaf-cutting ant.
  3. Ready; especially fitted or qualified (to do something); quick to learn; prompt; expert; as, a pupil apt to learn; an apt scholar.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): An apt wit. —Johnson.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): (Although I) live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die. —Shakespeare

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