be apt to do something

to have a tendency to do something

They are apt to become a little careless if you don't watch them carefully.

The cars were old and apt to break down.


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  • apt — adjective 1 apt to do something having a natural tendency to do something: Some of the staff are apt to arrive late on Mondays. 2 exactly right for a particular situation or purpose: an apt and telling remark 3 formal quick to learn and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • apt — [[t]æ̱pt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED An apt remark, description, or choice is especially suitable. The words of this report are as apt today as in 1929. ...an apt description of the situation. Syn: apposite Derived words: aptly ADV GRADED ...the beach in… …   English dictionary

  • apt — adjective 1》 appropriate; suitable. 2》 (apt to do something) having a tendency to do something. 3》 quick to learn. Derivatives aptly adverb aptness noun Origin ME: from L. aptus fitted , from apere fasten …   English new terms dictionary

  • Apt — ([a^]pt), a. [F. apte, L. aptus, fr. obsolete apere to fasten, to join, to fit, akin to apisci to reach, attain: cf. Gr. ? to fasten, Skr. [=a]pta fit, fr. [=a]p to reach attain.] 1. Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apt — [æpt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of apere to fasten ] 1.) be apt to do sth to have a natural tendency to do something ▪ Some of the staff are apt to arrive late on Mondays. 2.) exactly right for a particular… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • apt — aptly, adv. aptness, n. /apt/, adj. 1. inclined; disposed; given; prone: too apt to slander others. 2. likely: Am I apt to find him at home? 3. unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily: an apt pupil. 4. suited to the purpose or… …   Universalium

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