From ad- (“to, towards, at”) + petō (“seek”).
appetō (present infinitive appetere, perfect active appetīvī, supine appetītum); third conjugation
- (transitive) I strive or grasp after (something), try to get
- (transitive) I attack, fall or seize upon, assault, assail
- (intransitive) I approach, draw nigh to, be at hand
- (figuratively) I desire eagerly, long for, covet; have an appetite for
- Note that the perfect active indicative can be written as appetiī as opposed to appetīvī.
- appeto in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- appeto in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- appeto in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- spring is approaching: ver appetit
- to court a person's friendship: amicitiam alicuius appetere
- to aspire to the sovereignty: regnum appetere (B. G. 7. 4)