V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. quick to learn new things; 2. appropriate to the circumstances; 3. likely to be repeated

Synonyms: shrewd, discerning, adept, adroit, clever, appropriate, well-suited, likely, inclined, prone

Antonyms: inept, malapropos, ill-timed, inappropriate

Tips: Apt is derived from the Latin aptus, which means "cleverness or skill." Apt is related to the words adept, adapt, and inept. It is closest in meaning to adept, "skilled," and opposite in meaning to inept, "incapable." When deciding to use adept versus apt, use adept in sentences where something or someone is adept (skilled) at doing something and use apt in sentences where you are directly describing the person. "He is an apt (skilled, proficient) pupil who is adept (skilled) at learning new subject matter." Otherwise, use whichever word flows best with the sentence.

Usage Examples:

He is an apt young man, capable of any task his teachers set before him. (adept, clever)

After hearing John's apt observations on the subject of politics, the editor offered him a job as a commentator. (discerning, shrewd)

Unless you discipline the child appropriately, he is apt to do the same thing again. (likely, inclined) adverb

Your response to the memo was apt and highly appreciated. (appropriate)

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