Definition of apt in English:



  • 1Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances:

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

    ‘he is apt to be swayed by irrational considerations’
    • ‘So long as the global economy continues to rebound, the outlook for commodities is apt to stay bright.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He says that a bowler who learns only by experience is apt to know more about what not to do than what to do.’
    • ‘Due to my mother's fear she tried to teach me well, and I learned, I just wasn't apt to showing it.’
    • ‘We have an innate tendency to avoid pain, and therefore we are apt to conjure up rationalizations that justify our behavior.’
    • ‘You are less apt to waste time making decisions, and you are quick to act on your ideas.’
    • ‘But the language of liberty and freedom is apt to be confusing in these areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the kind of non-controversy that is apt to generate more confusion than clarity.’
    • ‘Because they had such a lions share of the search market they were apt to be under heavy pressures of fraud and manipulation.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The HOPE Scholarship was put in place more than anything to keep the apt students within the state.’
    • ‘They are apt pupils of his bible, a.k.a. the F.A.Q. section of his Web site.’
    • ‘Adam proved himself a wonderful teacher while James fit the role of apt pupil perfectly.’
    • ‘The skillful presentation of the research shows that he has been an apt scholar in the school of Western methodology.’
    • ‘At school he was an apt scholar, and could talk readily in Greek at 15.’
    • ‘He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.’
    • ‘As his photo attests, he's also been an apt pupil of bodybuilding for the past five years.’
    • ‘It takes one of apt intellectual capacity to be able to process that entire sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He regarded him with a mild smile and slight shake of his head, just like a teacher might regard an apt, but lazy 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.