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English definition of “apt”


adjective (CLEVER)    /æpt/ formal
having a natural ability or skill : We have some particularly apt students in the class this year .IntelligencePerceptive aptly     /ˈæptli/ adverb We spent a week at the aptly named Grand View Hotel .Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good aptness     /-nəs/ noun [U] the aptness of his comment old-fashioned formal an aptness for/at drawing Skill, talent and abilitySuitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good
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