Definition of apt in English:



  • 1Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.

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

    ‘he is apt to be swayed by irrational considerations’
    • ‘Due to my mother's fear she tried to teach me well, and I learned, I just wasn't apt to showing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such circumstances car journalists are apt to talk about poor rear seat or limited boot space, or the complicated satellite navigation system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because they had such a lions share of the search market they were apt to be under heavy pressures of fraud and manipulation.’
    • ‘But the language of liberty and freedom is apt to be confusing in these areas.’
    • ‘You are less apt to waste time making decisions, and you are quick to act on your ideas.’
    • ‘We have an innate tendency to avoid pain, and therefore we are apt to conjure up rationalizations that justify our behavior.’
    • ‘He says that a bowler who learns only by experience is apt to know more about what not to do than what to do.’
    inclined, given, likely, liable, disposed, predisposed, prone, ready, tending, subject, of a mind, capable
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  • 3Quick to learn.

    ‘she proved an apt 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.’
    • ‘The skillful presentation of the research shows that he has been an apt scholar in the school of Western methodology.’
    • ‘Adam proved himself a wonderful teacher while James fit the role of apt pupil perfectly.’
    • ‘He regarded him with a mild smile and slight shake of his head, just like a teacher might regard an apt, but lazy pupil.’
    • ‘It takes one of apt intellectual capacity to be able to process that entire sentence.’
    • ‘The HOPE Scholarship was put in place more than anything to keep the apt students within the state.’
    • ‘At school he was an apt scholar, and could talk readily in Greek at 15.’
    • ‘As his photo attests, he's also been an apt pupil of bodybuilding for the past five years.’
    • ‘He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.’
    clever, quick, bright, sharp, quick to learn, smart, intelligent
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘suited, appropriate’): from Latin aptus ‘fitted’, past participle of apere ‘fasten’.