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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of apere 'to fasten'



be apt to do something

to have a natural tendency to do something:
Some of the staff are apt to arrive late on Mondays.
2 exactly right for a particular situation or purpose [= appropriate]:
'Love at first sight' is a very apt description of how he felt when he saw her.
apt for
The punishment should be apt for the crime.

an apt pupil/student

formal a student who is quick to learn and understand
aptness noun [uncountable]

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