Apt, v. t. [L. aptare. See Aptate.] To fit; to suit; to adapt. [Obs.] " To apt their places." B. Jonson.

That our speech be apted to edification.
Jer. Taylor.

Apt (?), a. [F. apte, L. aptus, fr. obsolete apere to fasten, to join, to fit, akin to apisci to reach, attain: cf. Gr. ? to fasten, Skr. āpta fit, fr. āp to reach attain.] 1. Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate.

They have always apt instruments.

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.

This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of the leaves by a leaf-cutting ant.

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." Johnson.

Live a thousand years,
I shall not find myself so apt to die.

I find thee apt . . . Now, Hamlet, hear.

Syn. -- Fit; meet; suitable; qualified; inclined; disposed; liable; ready; quick; prompt.