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apt

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We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Marcus T. Cicero
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See also apt., and ap’t

English

Etymology

From French apte, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] 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).

Pronunciation

Adjective

apt (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
apt

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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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