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apt adj
1 at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant; "he is apt to lose"; "she is liable to forget" [syn: apt(p), liable(p)]
2 mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker [syn: clever]
3 (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; "he is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am not minded to answer any questions" [syn: apt(p), disposed(p), given(p), minded(p), tending(p)]
4 being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; "the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images"; "an apt reply" [syn: apposite, appropriate, pertinent]

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From apte < 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".


  • /æpt/
  • Rhymes with: -æpt


  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. Having a habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; disposed towards—used of persons or things.
    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.
    An apt wit. —Johnson.
    (Although I) live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die. —Shakespeare


Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate
Having an habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; disposed towards
Ready; especially fitted or qualified (to do something); quick to learn; prompt; expert
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