aptitude

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ap•ti•tude /ˈæptɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. innate ability or skill;
    talent: [countable]an aptitude for mathematics. [uncountable]musical aptitude.
See -apt-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ap•ti•tude  (apti to̅o̅d′, -tyo̅o̅d′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. capability;
    ability;
    innate or acquired capacity for something;
    talent:She has a special aptitude for mathematics.
  2. readiness or quickness in learning;
    intelligence:He was placed in honors classes because of his general aptitude.
  3. the state or quality of being apt;
    special fitness.
ap′ti•tudi•nal, adj. 
ap′ti•tudi•nal•ly adv. 
  • Late Latin aptitūdō. See apt, -i-, -tude
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English ( 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged predilection, proclivity, bent, gift, faculty.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged acumen.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appropriateness.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

aptitude /ˈæptɪˌtjuːd/ n
  1. inherent or acquired ability
  2. ease in learning or understanding; intelligence
  3. the condition or quality of being apt
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French from Late Latin aptitūdō, from Latin aptus apt



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