- inclined; disposed; given; prone: too apt to slander others.
- likely: Am I apt to find him at home?
- unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily: an apt pupil.
- suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate: an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace.
- Archaic. prepared; ready; willing.
Origin of apt
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Examples from the Web for aptly
History itself has been aptly described as an argument un-ended.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
At the same time, she supports her daughter, aptly named Grace, who becomes a Christian in the second season.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
That goes without saying, as no one woman could aptly represent everyone who identifies within that category.Lena Vs. The Feminist Police
November 9, 2014
One was about Girl Scout cookies and the other was aptly titled, “I Love It.”Is John Mulaney the Next Seinfeld?
October 5, 2014
“Sugababe,” as it has been aptly titled, garners its name from three parts of the building process.This Artist Reproduced van Gogh’s Ear…and It’s Alive!
June 4, 2014
But that way madness lay, as Shakespeare has so aptly said of another matter.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"The Hithertos," as Mr. Zangwill has aptly termed them, are helpless.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
"That looks good to me," said Peter, delighted that the argot fell so aptly from his lips.The Vagrant Duke
If so, he had performed an unprecedented feat in recalling it so aptly.Peak and Prairie
These tales may be aptly described the best books for boys and girls.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
- suitable for the circumstance or purpose; appropriate
- (postpositive; foll by an infinitive) having a tendency (to behave as specified)
- having the ability to learn and understand easily; clever (esp in the phrase an apt pupil)
Word Origin and History for aptly
mid-14c., "inclined, disposed;" late 14c., "suited, fitted, adapted," from Old French ate (13c., Modern French apte), or directly from Latin aptus "fit, suited," adjectival use of past participle of *apere "to attach, join, tie to," from PIE root *ap- "to grasp, take, reach" (cf. Sanskrit apnoti "he reaches," Latin apisci "to reach after, attain," Hittite epmi "I seize"). Elliptical sense of "becoming, appropriate" is from 1560s.