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Apt, 1) fit: “in all the play there is not one word a.” Mids. V, 65. LLL I, 2, 19. II, 73. V, 1, 99. Tw. I, 5, 28. John IV, 2, 226. Hml. III, 2, 226. Followed by for: “right a. for this affair,” Tw. I, 4, 35. H4B I, 1, 213. Followed by an infinitive: “--er than thy tongue to tell thy errand,” H4B I, 1, 69. Caes. II, 2, 97.
2) easily impressed, impressionable: “as a. as new-fallen snow takes any dint,” Ven. 354. “she is young and a.” Tim. I, 1, 132 (and may therefore easily be moved to love). “I have a heart as little a. as yours, but yet a brain . . .” Cor. III, 2, 29. “O fatal error, why dost thou show to the a. thoughts of men the things that are not?” Caes. V, 3, 68. “she is of so free, so kind, so a., so blessed a disposition,” Oth. II, 3, 326. “I find thee a.” Hml. I, 5, 31. Thus absolutely == docile: “is she not a.?” H5 V, 2, 312 (== apt to learn).
3) inclined, ready: “youth so a. to pluck a flower,” Pilgr. 240 and LLL IV, 3, 114. “I find an a. remission in myself,” Meas. V, 503 (== a ready pardon, an inclination to pardon). “how a. it is to learn,” Ado I, 1, 294. Shr. II, 166. Tw. III, 1, 138. V, 328. As III, 2, 408. H5 II, 2, 86. H8 II, 4, 122. Rom. III, 1, 34. Caes. III, 1, 160. Lr. II, 4, 309. IV, 2, 65. Oth. II, 1, 175. So I am a. to do myself wrong == I am ready, I am about to . . . ., Ado II, 1, 213. As for Tw. V, 135, v. “Aptly. Apt to that,” Rom. III, 1, 44. III, 3, 157. “Apt for depravation,” Troil. V, 2, 131.
4) easily accounted for, natural: “as school-maids change their names by vain though a. affection,” Meas. I, 4, 48. “that she loves him, 'tis a. and of great credit,” Oth. II, 1, 296. “what he found himself was a. and true,” V, 2, 177. “the fit and a. construction of thy name doth import so much,” Cymb. V, 5, 444.
Compar. “apter,” As III, 2, 408 and H4B I, 1, 69. “Aptest,” H4B I, 1, 213.
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