- 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 apt
Today, it's our governing elites, regardless of party, who are most apt rush us into the future.Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
October 14, 2014
Experts we talked to said the comparison between Goodell and law enforcement may not necessarily be apt.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Sept 14
September 14, 2014
Their timing is apt: The medical examiner is now a hot commodity in TV-land.The Dirty Secret Doctors Don't Want You To Know
August 22, 2014
The goal came off his tummy inside the Portuguese box, an apt way to score for a very gutsy player.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory
June 23, 2014
Bryan is very interested in World War II, which was a very big part of X-Men, Valkyrie, and Apt Pupil.
She was distrustful of the future, and apt to anticipate bad fortune.Brave and Bold
She was apt not only to know what she talked about, but she was a woman of resource, unafraid of action.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Sympathetic persons are apt to assume that every refined emotion must be ennobling.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He confessed to me that he was apt to go astray when intent on rhyme.Biographical Sketches
The St. is an apt illustration of the probable workings of Plautus' mind.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
- 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 apt
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.