Adjective "apt" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.
  1. 'It really does look like a jungle, so his description was apt.'
  2. 'That's an apt description of the political leadership class.'
  3. 'But in the context of the American culture wars in the political arena, it's an entirely apt and appropriate choice.'
  4. 'Blunt secateurs would be a more apt description, only less useful.'
  5. 'There is apt humor here and no less apt insight into the deviousness of the psyche.'
  6. 'There is no basis for inferring that a different form would have been likely to have been apt or appropriate or sought out.'
  7. 'Delicious decadence dripped from the setting, giving a perfectly apt description of the scene.'
  8. 'In fact he is an excellent reader of poetry and has a fine eye for selecting apt and surprising examples.'
  9. 'The revelations of Monday indicate just how apt both those descriptions have turned out to be.'
  10. 'Therefore, it may be apt to search for physical problems underlying the Prophet's mental troubles.'
Having a tendency to do something.
  1. 'Due to my mother's fear she tried to teach me well, and I learned, I just wasn't apt to showing it.'
  2. 'In such circumstances car journalists are apt to talk about poor rear seat or limited boot space, or the complicated satellite navigation system.'
  3. 'So long as the global economy continues to rebound, the outlook for commodities is apt to stay bright.'
  4. 'The second sentence of that statement is elliptical, and the whole statement is apt to cause confusion.'
  5. 'But the language of liberty and freedom is apt to be confusing in these areas.'
  6. 'We have an innate tendency to avoid pain, and therefore we are apt to conjure up rationalizations that justify our behavior.'
Quick to learn.
  1. 'They are apt pupils of his bible, a.k.a. the F.A.Q. section of his Web site.'
  2. 'She becomes quite the apt pupil for him, becoming much like him but resenting him as well.'
  3. 'Adam proved himself a wonderful teacher while James fit the role of apt pupil perfectly.'
  4. 'It takes one of apt intellectual capacity to be able to process that entire sentence.'
  5. 'At school he was an apt scholar, and could talk readily in Greek at 15.'
  6. 'He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.'

More definitions

1. inclined; disposed; given; prone: too apt to slander others.

2. likely: Am I apt to find him at home?

3. unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily: an apt pupil.

4. suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate: an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace.

5. Archaic. prepared; ready; willing.

More examples(as adjective)

"recipes can be apt for states."

"recipes can be apt for countries."

"approaches can be apt for markets."

"words can be apt for ranges."

"well-offs can be apt at times."

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