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.
- apt·ly, adverb
- apt·ness, noun
- o·ver·apt, adjective
- o·ver·apt·ness, noun
Other definitions for apt. (2 of 2)
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How to use apt in a sentence
Naturally and without the least effort the aptest words sprang to his lips in perfect order and sequence.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
It is with his own so beautiful talk, his ability to hear his own voice in the rounded paragraph, that he is aptest to charm one.Instigations | Ezra Pound
The poet and his brother Gilbert were the aptest pupils in the school, and were generally at the head of the class.Life of Robert Burns | Thomas Carlyle
He had the most winning tongue, and the aptest spirit in the world to divine the natural inclinations of those he consorted with.Constance Sherwood | Lady Georgiana Fullerton
But refinement, as it is the less beautiful, so it is the more dangerous extreme, and what we are the aptest to fall into.The Illustrated London Reading Book | Various
British Dictionary definitions for apt (1 of 2)
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)
- aptly, adverb
- aptness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for apt. (2 of 2)
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