1. Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate.
They have always apt instruments. --Burke.
A river . . . apt to be forded by a lamb. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Having an habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; -- used of things.
My vines and peaches . . . were apt to have a soot or smuttiness upon their leaves and fruit. --Temple.
This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of the leaves by a leaf-cutting ant. --Lubbock.
3. Inclined; disposed customarily; given; ready; -- used of persons.
Apter to give than thou wit be to ask. --Beau. & Fl.
That lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers. --F. Harrison.
4. Ready; especially fitted or qualified (to do something); quick to learn; prompt; expert; as, a pupil apt to learn; an apt scholar. “An apt wit.”
Live a thousand years,
I shall not find myself so apt to die. --Shak.
I find thee apt . . . Now, Hamlet, hear. --Shak.
Syn: -- Fit; meet; suitable; qualified; inclined; disposed; liable; ready; quick; prompt.
Apt, v. t. To fit; to suit; to adapt. [Obs.] “ To apt their places.”
That our speech be apted to edification. --Jer. Taylor.
adj 1: at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually
unpleasant; "he is apt to lose"; "she is liable to
forget" [syn: apt(p), liable(p)]
2: mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a
clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram
Stoker [syn: clever]
3: (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; "he is
apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am not
minded to answer any questions" [syn: apt(p), disposed(p),
given(p), minded(p), tending(p)]
4: being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; "the
successful copywriter is a master of apposite and
evocative verbal images"; "an apt reply" [syn: apposite,