Definition of aptitude in US English:

aptitude

noun

  • 1A natural ability to do something.

    ‘children with an aptitude for painting and drawing’
    • ‘An aptitude for dealing in stock and runs, and in accumulating capital and assets, soon became apparent.’
    • ‘But Brad never got his sea legs, showing an early aptitude for skating on ice rather than sailing on water.’
    • ‘My only assumption is that an aptitude for law school exists and that it can, to some extent, be measured.’
    • ‘On Monday, it was to the driving range, where I rediscovered my startling aptitude for slicing the ball, though I was relieved to make contact at all.’
    • ‘There are 21 priority places available for students on the basis of their aptitude for the Performing Arts each year.’
    • ‘Was it around that age that you realized that you had an aptitude for the instrument?’
    • ‘Not everyone has the aptitude or ability to do everything.’
    • ‘The new middle-class epistemology concentrated on a connection between physical aptitudes and mental ability, making alleged distinctions between male and female anatomy.’
    • ‘I am asked for my view on the Olympic Games, which is that they affirm the British aptitude for sports that involve sitting down.’
    • ‘He has leadership ability and the aptitude to learn from mistakes.’
    • ‘The truth, of course, is that there is no difference between selection by aptitude and selection by ability.’
    • ‘I have a knowledge of their abilities and aptitudes that I would not get from a traditional one semester class.’
    • ‘He had previously believed that he did not have a natural aptitude for learning languages, through his experiences at school.’
    • ‘A similar argument could be made for selecting children with an aptitude for music, he went on.’
    • ‘My ideology holds men to be equal to women, and to me as an individual, in their abilities and aptitudes to communicate and understand the spoken word.’
    • ‘Discovering you have a natural talent or aptitude for something feels good.’
    • ‘The group rapidly bypassed disciplinary differences to focus on a common set of preferred aptitudes and abilities associated with critical thinking, reading, and writing.’
    • ‘They also have a remarkable aptitude for spreading the word virally when they discover something that excites them.’
    • ‘Also, do taller women have a higher ratio of mathematical and spatial reasoning aptitudes to verbal aptitudes as compared to shorter women?’
    • ‘Secondly these students deserve the chance to overcome this initial hiccup, to show whatever aptitudes, abilities they have.’
    talent, skill, expertise, expertness, adeptness, skilfulness, prowess, mastery, artistry, calibre, accomplishment
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    1. 1.1 A natural tendency.
      ‘the aptitude of this society to assimilate new elements’
      • ‘He has shown neither the desire nor the aptitude for such a role.’
      • ‘Most teens' natural aptitude for interactivity is what often sets them apart from older generations.’
      • ‘In fact, his was a different kind of mind with an aptitude more for philosophical thoughts and concepts than for literary pursuits.’
      • ‘People typically think of the brain as a genetically fixed source of intelligence, aptitudes and personality.’
      • ‘Saul senses in Eliza a natural aptitude for mysticism, blossoming from the way in which the letters seem to appear to her in a vision.’
      • ‘In fact, even when immersed in play writing, he had betrayed his aptitude for philosophical ideas and concepts.’
      • ‘His grandmother used to sit with mediums, and he was always aware of his own aptitude for the spiritual.’
      • ‘It also acknowledges that patients differ in their choice of therapies according to their aptitudes and inclinations towards the various options.’
      • ‘It targets talented Year 10 students with an aptitude for enterprise.’
      • ‘They require tact and a deftness that neither government has shown much aptitude for or inclination toward.’
      • ‘Despite having a phenomenal song writing talent, he seems to lack an aptitude for conciseness.’
      • ‘Vine identification and the study of individual varieties' characteristics and aptitudes is a decidedly underdeveloped field of activity.’
      • ‘Except sometimes I completely lose my inborn aptitude for sleeping for excessively long stretches.’
      talent, gift, flair, bent, skill, knack, facility, finesse, genius
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  • 2archaic Suitability or fitness.

    ‘aptitude of expression’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin aptitudo, from aptus (see apt).

Pronunciation

aptitude

/ˈaptəˌt(y)o͞od//ˈæptəˌt(j)ud/