Definition of apt in English:


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  • 2 [predic.] (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.



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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.


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

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