Definition of apt in English:


Syllabification: apt


1Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances: an apt description of her nature
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  • 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.
2 [predicative] (apt to do something) Having a tendency to do something: she was apt to confuse the past with the present
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  • 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.
3Quick to learn: he proved an apt scholar
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  • 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.


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



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  • They did so reluctantly, aptly mirroring the sentiments of their homeland.
  • This applause aptly displayed the crowd's reverence for the band.
  • Her comment applies aptly to the use of this poetry in the study of pre-Islamic society.

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