June 12, 2017
apt (adjective)
\APT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : just right; especially : being to the point : relevant2 : having a tendency : inclined, likely3 : quick to learn
How do you use it?
"During that time she'd welcomed a lot of new people to the apartment house. Apartment dwellers, particularly near a university, are apt to come and go." (Zilpha Keatley Snyder, _The Egypt Game_)
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Where do you think we ultimately get the word "apt" from?

"Apt" came into English ultimately from the Latin verb "apere," meaning "to fasten." The Latin adjective "aptus" was derived from "apere." "Aptus" was used to mean "fastened" or "attached," and later meant "suitable." We borrowed this last sense into English in the 14th century and built on it. Our example sentence above uses sense 2, but you also hear sense 1 ("an apt commentary on this election") and sense 3 ("an apt student") quite often.
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