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Origin of apt
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin aptus “fastened, fitted, fitting, appropriate,” equivalent to ap(ere) “fasten, attach” + -tus past participle suffix
synonym study for apt
4. Apt, pertinent, relevant all refer to something suitable or fitting. Apt means to the point and particularly appropriate: an apt comment. Pertinent means pertaining to the matter in hand: a pertinent remark. Relevant means directly related to and important to the subject: a relevant opinion.
usage note for apt
Some usage guides insist that apt followed by an infinitive can or should be used to mean only “inclined, disposed”: He is apt to ignore matters he regards as unimportant. In fact, apt is standard in all varieties of speech and writing as a synonym for likely in contexts that suggest probability without any implication of a natural disposition toward: Hostilities are apt to break out if the confrontation is not soon resolved. She is apt to arrive almost any time now. See also liable, likely.
OTHER WORDS FROM aptapt·ly, adverbapt·ness, nouno·ver·apt, adjectiveo·ver·apt·ness, noun
Definition for apt (2 of 2)
abbreviation, plural apts.
Origin of apt.
First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for apt (1 of 2)
/ (æpt) /
suitable for the circumstance or purpose; appropriate
(postpositive; foll by an infinitive) having a tendency (to behave as specified)
having the ability to learn and understand easily; clever (esp in the phrase an apt pupil)
Derived forms of aptaptly, adverbaptness, noun
Word Origin for apt
C14: from Latin aptus fitting, suitable, from apere to fasten
British Dictionary definitions for apt (2 of 2)
abbreviation for plural apts.
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