follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

aptitude

[ap-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈæp tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin aptitūdō. See apt, -i-, -tude
Related forms
aptitudinal, adjective
aptitudinally, adverb
preaptitude, noun
Synonyms
1. predilection, proclivity, bent, gift, faculty. 2. acumen. 3. appropriateness.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for aptitudes

aptitude

/ˈæptɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
inherent or acquired ability
2.
ease in learning or understanding; intelligence
3.
the condition or quality of being apt
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Late Latin aptitūdō, from Latin aptusapt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for aptitudes

aptitude

n.

early 15c., "tendency, likelihood," from Middle French aptitude (14c.) or directly from Late Latin aptitudo (genitive aptitudinis) "fitness," noun of quality from Latin aptus "joined, fitted" (see apt). Meaning "natural capacity to learn" is 1540s; that of "quality of being fit (for a purpose or position)" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for aptitude

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for aptitudes

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with aptitudes

Nearby words for aptitudes