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From apiō (alternative form of apō (I fasten)) +‎ -scō. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἅπτω (háptō, I fasten, grasp, enkindle), Sanskrit आप्त (āpta, to reach, gain, take possession of), आप्नोति (āpnoti, to obtain, to grasp), Hittite 𒂊𒅁 (epp-, to take, seize, grab)[1].



apīscor (present infinitive apīscī, perfect active aptus sum); third conjugation, deponent

  1. I reach after, try to seize
  2. I pursue
  3. I attain or acquire


   Conjugation of apiscor (third conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present apīscor apīsceris, apīscere apīscitur apīscimur apīsciminī apīscuntur
imperfect apīscēbar apīscēbāris, apīscēbāre apīscēbātur apīscēbāmur apīscēbāminī apīscēbantur
future apīscar apīscēris, apīscēre apīscētur apīscēmur apīscēminī apīscentur
perfect aptus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect aptus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect aptus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present apīscar apīscāris, apīscāre apīscātur apīscāmur apīscāminī apīscantur
imperfect apīscerer apīscerēris, apīscerēre apīscerētur apīscerēmur apīscerēminī apīscerentur
perfect aptus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect aptus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present apīscere apīsciminī
future apīscitor apīscitor apīscuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives apīscī aptus esse aptūrus esse
participles apīscēns aptus aptūrus apīscendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
apīscī apīscendī apīscendō apīscendum aptum aptū

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  1. ^ Kloekhorst, Alwin (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 5), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN

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