Definition of apt in English:


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  • 1Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.

    ‘an apt description of her nature’
    • ‘Delicious decadence dripped from the setting, giving a perfectly apt description of the scene.’
    • ‘But in the context of the American culture wars in the political arena, it's an entirely apt and appropriate choice.’
    • ‘There is no basis for inferring that a different form would have been likely to have been apt or appropriate or sought out.’
    • ‘This may be correct as a statement of general principle, but it is not apt in the circumstances of this case.’
    • ‘Blunt secateurs would be a more apt description, only less useful.’
    • ‘In many cases this description is still apt for onlookers.’
    • ‘It really does look like a jungle, so his description was apt.’
    • ‘And empirical work will be needed to see whether it is indeed a more apt description of innovation.’
    • ‘However, both adjectives provide apt descriptions of those scientists in my Rhodes class.’
    • ‘I laughed when I read it because it is such an apt and true description of where I've ended up.’
    • ‘The revelations of Monday indicate just how apt both those descriptions have turned out to be.’
    • ‘That's an apt description of the political leadership class.’
    • ‘I spoke to two senior players last night and it is apt to say that they are confused.’
    • ‘Kate moulded the format of a traditional Irish Blessing into a toast that was clever, entertaining and apt for the occasion.’
    • ‘In fact he is an excellent reader of poetry and has a fine eye for selecting apt and surprising examples.’
    • ‘Therefore, it may be apt to search for physical problems underlying the Prophet's mental troubles.’
    • ‘Ask her if she ever thought it necessary to learn acting, and the answer is an apt no.’
    • ‘Not completely traditional, it was an apt end to a fine conference.’
    • ‘There is apt humor here and no less apt insight into the deviousness of the psyche.’
    • ‘The hat, as opposed to helmet, made for a cute and apt symbol for this.’
    suitable, fitting, appropriate, befitting, relevant, felicitous, congruous, fit, applicable, judicious, apposite, apropos, to the purpose, to the point
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  • 2apt to do somethingpredicative, with infinitive Having a tendency to do something.

    ‘she was apt to confuse the past with the present’
    • ‘Down toward this latter end of the spectrum are folks who are more than ordinarily apt to confuse the wish and the deed, the belief and the fact.’
    • ‘But the language of liberty and freedom is apt to be confusing in these areas.’
    • ‘We have an innate tendency to avoid pain, and therefore we are apt to conjure up rationalizations that justify our behavior.’
    • ‘This is the kind of non-controversy that is apt to generate more confusion than clarity.’
    • ‘The second sentence of that statement is elliptical, and the whole statement is apt to cause confusion.’
    • ‘In such circumstances car journalists are apt to talk about poor rear seat or limited boot space, or the complicated satellite navigation system.’
    • ‘Because they had such a lions share of the search market they were apt to be under heavy pressures of fraud and manipulation.’
    • ‘Intuitions are apt to differ, for example, regarding the existence of a moral obligation to pay for the wine delivered to your home by mistake.’
    • ‘So long as the global economy continues to rebound, the outlook for commodities is apt to stay bright.’
    • ‘Due to my mother's fear she tried to teach me well, and I learned, I just wasn't apt to showing it.’
    • ‘He says that a bowler who learns only by experience is apt to know more about what not to do than what to do.’
    • ‘You are less apt to waste time making decisions, and you are quick to act on your ideas.’
    inclined, given, likely, liable, disposed, predisposed, prone, ready, tending, subject, of a mind, capable
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  • 3Quick to learn.

    ‘he proved an apt scholar’
    • ‘He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.’
    • ‘He regarded him with a mild smile and slight shake of his head, just like a teacher might regard an apt, but lazy pupil.’
    • ‘They are apt pupils of his bible, a.k.a. the F.A.Q. section of his Web site.’
    • ‘David had been busy with Rose, who was definitely a more apt pupil with Dog Speak than Harry had been with sailing language.’
    • ‘She becomes quite the apt pupil for him, becoming much like him but resenting him as well.’
    • ‘As his photo attests, he's also been an apt pupil of bodybuilding for the past five years.’
    • ‘Adam proved himself a wonderful teacher while James fit the role of apt pupil perfectly.’
    • ‘It takes one of apt intellectual capacity to be able to process that entire sentence.’
    • ‘At school he was an apt scholar, and could talk readily in Greek at 15.’
    • ‘The skillful presentation of the research shows that he has been an apt scholar in the school of Western methodology.’
    • ‘The HOPE Scholarship was put in place more than anything to keep the apt students within the state.’
    clever, quick, bright, sharp, quick to learn, smart, intelligent
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/apt/ /æpt/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘suited, appropriate’): from Latin aptus ‘fitted’, past participle of apere ‘fasten’.