- 1Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances: the theme could not be more aptMore example sentences
- 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 [predic., with infinitive] Having a tendency to do something: he is apt to be swayed by irrational considerationsMore example sentences
- 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: she proved an apt pupilMore example sentences
- 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.
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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'.