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apto, āvi, ātum, 1, v. freq. [apo], to fit, adapt, accommodate, apply, put on, adjust, etc. (cf. accommodo); absol., with dat. or less freq. with ad (in Cic. only once, as P. a.).

I. Lit.

a. Absol.: aptat cristas telaque, Verg. A. 11, 8: arma aptare, Liv. 5, 49, 3: remos, Curt. 9, 9, 12: tabulam, Col. 12, 56, 2: jubas, Sil. 5, 166: armamenta, vela, Quint. 10, 7, 23.—

b. With dat.: aliquid umeris, Verg. A. 9, 364: arma corpori, Liv. 44, 34, 8: vincula collo, Ov. M. 10, 381: claves foribus, Mart. 9, 47: sagittas nervo, Verg. A. 10, 131: dexteris enses, Hor. Epod. 7, 2: tela flagello, Verg. A. 7, 731: os cucurbitulae corpori, Cels. 2, 11: anulum sibi, Sen. Ben. 3, 25, 1: digito (anulum), Suet. Tib. 73.—

II. Trop.

a. With the access. idea of fitting: bella citharae modis, Hor. C. 2, 12, 4; cf. id. Ep. 1, 3, 13.—And with ad: sed usum nec ad commoditatem ferendi nec ad ipsius munitionis firmamentum aptaverunt, Liv. 33, 5, 5: ad transeundum omnia aptaverant, Curt. 7, 8, 8: ad militares remus aptatur manus, i. e. is taken in hand by the soldiers, Sen. Agam. 425.—

b. Without the access. idea of fitting, to prepare, get ready, furnish, put in order; constr. absol., with dat. or ad.

(a). Absol.: aptate convivium, Pomp. ap. Non. p. 234, 30: idonea bello, Hor. S. 2, 2, 111.—

(b). With dat.: arma pugnae, Liv. 22, 5; cf.: aptat se pugnae, Verg. A. 10, 588; and, animos aptent armis, id. ib. 10, 259.—

(g). With ad: Aptat et armiferas miles ad arma manus, Ov. Am. 1, 13, 14: ad pugnam classem, Liv. 22, 5: ad primum se velut aspectum orationis aptare, Quint. 10, 2, 16.—Hence,

c. With abl. of that with which something is fitted, furnished, provided: oppidi partes testudinibus et musculis, Auct. B. Alex. 1: biremes remigio, Verg. A. 8, 80: classem velis, id. ib. 3, 472; so, pinum armamentis, Ov. M. 11, 456: ut quisque se aptaverat armis, had fitted himself with arms, i. e. for battle, Liv. 9, 31.—Hence, aptātus, a, um, P. a., pr., fitted for something; thus, suitable, fit, appropriate, accommodated to (syn.: aptus, accommodatus): hoc verbum est ad id aptatum, quod ante dixerat, Cic. de Or. 3, 40, 162: ad popularem delectationem, Quint. 2, 10, 11; so Sen. Contr. 6 al.: omnia rei aptata, id. Ep. 59.