Origin of apt
Examples from the Web for aptest
He had the most winning tongue, and the aptest spirit in the world to divine the natural inclinations of those he consorted with.Constance Sherwood|Lady Georgiana Fullerton
Learning and good utterance is very helpful; but it is holiness that is aptest to beget holiness in others.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Naturally and without the least effort the aptest words sprang to his lips in perfect order and sequence.
In any case oil has ever been regarded as the aptest symbol and vehicle of the holy and illuminating spirit.
A graveyard with its humble crosses would be the aptest symbol of the future.In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for aptest
Word Origin for apt
Word Origin and History for aptest
mid-14c., "inclined, disposed;" late 14c., "suited, fitted, adapted," from Old French ate (13c., Modern French apte), or directly from Latin aptus "fit, suited," adjectival use of past participle of *apere "to attach, join, tie to," from PIE root *ap- "to grasp, take, reach" (cf. Sanskrit apnoti "he reaches," Latin apisci "to reach after, attain," Hittite epmi "I seize"). Elliptical sense of "becoming, appropriate" is from 1560s.